The Miss Okawville Fair Queen Pageant Committee is once again looking for contestants to compete for the title of Miss Okawville Fair Queen 2015. The pageant has been part of the Okawville Wheat Festival for 67 years and the queen competes at the state pageant in Springfield each January, vying for the title of Miss Illinois County Fair Queen.
As with most events, the pageant has evolved over the years. The format of today’s pageant is to prepare young women for their futures. It is no longer a traditional “beauty pageant,” but is geared towards developing successful, career-minded women. The Okawville Queen Pageant follows the same scoring criteria as the state pageant. Contestants compete in interview, swimsuit, speech, and on-stage question, with stage presence an ongoing scoring theme throughout the pageant. The interview carries the most weight, with speech and stage presence close behind.
Kelsey Zapp, of Nashville, is the reigning 2014 Miss Okawville Fair Queen. Kelsey did an exceptional job representing the Okawville Fair and Washington County at the state pageant this year, placing as a finalist in the top 15.
The pageant committee prepares contestants with mock interviews, and refining etiquette and communication skills. The Miss Okawville Fair Queen Pageant provides lifelong skills for future career interviews, and many queen contestants have returned and thanked the committee for giving them the confidence and necessary skills to better themselves, whether they placed in the pageant or not.
To enter, the candidate and her parents or legal guardian must be residents of Washington County for at least 6 months. Candidates must also be a minimum of 16 years of age and not have reached her 22nd birthday by January 1, 2016. Open informational meetings will be held on May 19, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Okawville Community Club and on May 21, 2015 at 7:OO PM in the YOCAS room at the Grace United Methodist Church in Nashville.
For more information about the pageant, please visit www.missokawvillefair.weebly.com or feel free to call pageant directors, Alyssa Harre (618-559-1030) or Deann Muehlhauser (618-301-0168).