Miss Lewisburg pageant returns after three-year gap
By Ivory Riner
After three years without a Miss Lewisburg pageant, eager contestants will once again line up on the Dixie stage to compete for the title of Miss Lewisburg.
Ariel Borne, the pageant's reigning queen, was crowned on Oct. 22, 2011, and is glad to finally see the pageant back in action.
"I am so excited for the Miss Lewisburg pageant to be coming back this year. It's a great opportunity for the young ladies of the City of Lewisburg. I hope the girls enjoy this pageant as much as the girls and I did," said Borne. While she was queen, Borne participated in Rotary events and rode in the Christmas parade.
The pageant, in conjunction with the Goats Music and More Festival, will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in the Dixie Theatre. Girls ages 13 to 19 who have a Lewisburg address are eligible to compete. All proceeds will go to the Lewisburg community's children's charities, with special interest in the Cops for Kids program, which is solely dependant upon donations.
"I'm excited to offer this to Lewisburg again. The last Miss was crowned back in 2011, so she will do her final walk, and the new Miss Lewisburg will be crowned. Our committee feels that together we can accomplish a lot and we're dedicated to making this a successful event. We hope the community will support our contestants," said Kristi Hobbs, pageant coordinator. Hobbs, who is the founder of the Babe Ruth pageant and has been involved in ways to benefit youth organizations in Lewisburg, also does pageant judging.
Contestants will compete in casual and formal wear, and Julie Plott will be the choreographer of their entrance routine. Missie Haislip will be the pageant's master of ceremonies. The new Miss Lewisburg will take part in various events, childrens events, and parades.
Questions about the pageant can be answered by Hobbs, or Connie Mills, Ebbett Giles, Kim McKnight, Stacey Sharp, Carroll Cope, and Mary Ann Haynes.
The committee encourages and appreciates community support and looks forward to making this a wonderful event for Lewisburg.
The deadline for applications is Sept. 21; applications are available at school offices and WJJM.