Millsboro to hold annual Little Miss pageant

The Little Miss Millsboro Pageant is currently seeking girls in the Dagsboro or Millsboro areas who have an extraordinary talent to participate in the competition in 2012. On Sunday, Oct. 21, beginning at 2 p.m., the Greater Millsboro of Commerce will be hosting its annual Little Miss Millsboro Pageant at Independence Community Hall.

The pageant is looking for young ladies ages 4 to 16 to compete for Little Miss, Junior Miss and Teen Miss Millsboro.

“We are still looking for contestants for the three different categories,” said Amy Simmons, the Chamber’s coordinator. “The actual cutoff date is the 15th, but I will accept after that if people are interested.”

Contestants may live in the 19966 or 19939 ZIP code areas and must perform a talent, for which they will be allotted three minutes to perform.

The pageant will have three judges, including Veronica Townsend, crowned Distinguished Young Woman of Delaware for 2011, and will be emceed by Miss Delaware Alyssa Murray.

“They are judged on talent and on their interview with Miss Delaware. She’ll be asking age-appropriate questions to each age group.”

Simmons said that the pageant does not require its contestants to wear ball gowns and is more understated than some others.

“We’re looking for more natural beauty… We’re not looking for ‘Toddlers in Tiaras.’ A little dress that she may wear to church or a party is more what we’re looking for.”

Winners will be given a crown, sponsored by Holland Jewelers, and bouquets, sponsored by Village Green Florist.

“The winner and the runner-up each get a trophy and a bouquet, and every contestant will receive a flower,” added Simmons.

She noted that, although each contestant will receive two complimentary tickets, the public is also welcome to attend for $2 per person.

Simmons said she hopes more local young ladies will enter the contest and show that the area has a lot of talent.

“Every year, for the past three years, we have seen an increase in the number of contestants. I’m hoping this does continue, because from what we’ve seen from the girls that have been coming, there is quite a bit of talent in this area that maybe people don’t realize.”

For more information, contact the Chamber office at (302) 934-6777 or e-mail: Independence Community Hall is located at 23767 Samuel Adams Circle in Millsboro.