The Strawberry Festival Queen Pageant deadline has been extended to Thursday, January 24th! Young ladies between the ages of 16 and 21 as of May 11, 2019 are eligible to participate. Each contestant who competes pageant night (March 30) will receive a $100 stipend as well as $10 for every practice attended. The pageant is a scholarship opportunity sponsored by Stilwell Kiwanis Club and the queen will receive a $1000 scholarship, 1st runner-up $750 and 2nd runner-up $500.
Weekly practices are held to polish the contestants for each phase of competition. This process will help prepare young ladies to have poise and self-confidence in interview and professional settings. The first practice is scheduled Thursday, January 18th at 4:00 p.m. in the Stilwell High School Library. The application and contract are available below. Contact Laura Lundberg at 918-772-7798 for more details.
2018 Strawberry Festival Queen Chloe Brown describes the festival pageant experience.
Tied for 2018 Miss Congeniality were 1st Runner-up Sydney Fourkiller and Queen Chloe Brown
Girls gain valuable poise and skills by competing for Strawberry Festival Queen
Girls from Adair County between the ages of 16 & 21 are encouraged to participate in the pageant. Pageant directors and Kiwanis Club members work with the girls twice a week for 6-7 weeks of training. Developing grace and the girl's own personal skills and talents are the focus of the sessions. Girls from all four county high schools and home schools have the opportunity to work and dance together, making new friends and having loads of fun.
By participating in the Strawberry Festival Queen Pageant, girls are given the opportunity to develop poise and self-confidence. They are taught interviewing skills and practice answering questions under stressful conditions. These abilities have lifetime benefits, enabling success in many work and social situations. Pageant directors are former Strawberry Festival Queens who are willing and able to pass along their expertise to the young ladies who are interested in learning to present themselves in the best light.
In addition, each young lady that participates receives a stipend and the top three contestants earn scholarships to the college of their choice.
For more information on the pageant and who is eligible, read the Rules and Conditions Governing the Strawberry Festival Queen Pageant below. Around the first of January, information on how to apply will be available at local high schools and through the local newspapers.