CRYSTAL LAKE – The 2013 Miss Crystal Lake Pageant is more than a beauty pageant.
According to pageant coordinator Connie Cooke, the process leading up to the pageant was designed to provide the contestants with valuable communication and speaking skills and knowledge about local businesses. They were formally introduced to the business community and area leaders at a recent multi-chamber of commerce mixer.
During pageant preparations the contestants get involved in community service, and are trained in speaking and presentation skills. The contestants meet many people in the community, and form new friendships.
The pageant will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Hannah Beardsley Middle School, 515 E Crystal Lake Ave, Crystal Lake. The winner will receive a $,1000 scholarship. Little Miss Crystal Lake also will be crowned. Tickets may be purchased at the door and are $5 per person.
On the evening of the pageant the contestants will participate in evening gown and business attire presentations. In addition, contestants are interviewed by the pageant judges, and give a presentation on their business sponsor. The interview and presentation are weighted most heavily in the judging process.
Miss Crystal Lake Scholarship Pageant contestants are Bailey Salerno, Vanessa Avitia, Brenna McCarthy, Maggie Tremblay and Rachel Siemon.
Little Miss Crystal Lake Pageant contestants are Payton, Kimberly, Grace, Anya, Ainsley, Sydney, Ava, Helyn and Emmie.
Contestant sponsors are Team Curran MMA, Café Olympic Inc., Betz Design, Countryside Flower and Design, and Play It Again Sports.
The Miss Crystal Lake and Little Miss Crystal Lake pageants are presented by the Crystal Lake Park District and the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, call Cooke at 815- 459-0680, ext. 213, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.