The Cherokee County Fair Association is seeking contestants for the first annual Little Miss Cherokee County competition. Contestants must live in Cherokee County and be entering either the third or fourth grade for the upcoming 2012-13 school year.
The competition will take place on Saturday, July 14 from approximately 9 a.m., concluding with a crowning ceremony at noon during the Cherokee County Fair. Contestants will go through a short interview, take place in fun games and activities put on by the Cherokee County Fair Queen Candidates, and do two stage appearances in one casual outfit and one dress for crowning in the Activity Building.
A panel of judges will select the Little Miss Cherokee, as well as first and second runners-up. The Little Miss Cherokee County will receive a crown, sash, and flower bouquet, and will also have the privilege of helping with the crowning of the new Cherokee County Fair Queen on Sunday at 5 p.m., and will represent the Cherokee County Fair in various parades throughout the year.
The Little Miss Cherokee will reign during the following year's fair and help crown a new Little Miss Cherokee. Participation in the contest is free for contestants and no professional photos are needed.
"We would really like to bring more people to our fair through the Little Miss competition to see what we have to offer. We want every little girl in the county to have the opportunity to represent Cherokee County and feel like a princess," said event coordinator Demi Dunn.
"I am hoping the Little Miss is received well in the community and has high participation. Although it is almost like a part-time job, I absolutely love coordinating the Queen competition and cannot wait to add the Little Miss competition as well,"
"If people would like to sign-up, they need to contact Deb or myself and we will send them the entry form either as a PDF via email or through regular postal services. Although no professional photos are required, we do need to have parents send us two copies of a photo of the girl, preferably a school picture which will be used by the judges and will also be sent to the newspaper. Contestants will also need to purchase a fair ticket. This is the only cost not covered by the Fair Board." Dunn continued.
"We are also looking for donations from local businesses to put together gift bags and order t-shirts for each participant," added Dunn.
The Little Miss Cherokee contestants will be going on stage in between events in the Activity Building for Kid's Day.
Those events are the annual Diaper Derby and Baby Costume Contest that starts at 11:30 a.m. after the presentation of the Little Miss contestants. The theme for the costume contest is "Your favorite Disney Character." The age range for both events is 6 months to 14 months old. The Pedal Tractor Pull registration starts at noon on the Main Stage, and pulling starts at 12:30 p.m. for kids ages 4-11.