Pageants and a talent contest will be held during the Crawford County Fair again this year, each with expanded age divisions.
The Crawford County Fair Association will host their 2014 Annual Pageants during the Crawford County Fair on Sept. 8-13 at Kirksey Park in Mulberry. Eight pageants will be held this year.
This year, a new division has been added on Friday night, said Marla Keady, pageant organizer. The Wee Princess division will be for ages 1-2.
Also on Friday, Sept. 12 will be the Tiny Princess pageant for contestants ages 3-4 and the Princess pageant for contestants 5-6 years of age.
Thursday, Sept. 11 will be the Little Miss and Junior Miss pageants. Contestants must be 7-9 or 10-12 years old.
The Senior pageant will be held the evening of Saturday, Sept. 13 along with the teen and queen pageants. Contestants must be ages 13-16 for the Teen pageant, ages 17-21 for the Queen pageant, and 55 years or older for the Senior pageant.
Entry fee is $50 for all divisions. All contestants are required to appear in the annual fair parade Saturday morning on Sept. 13 in downtown Mulberry.
Winners of the Teen and Queen pageants will represent Crawford County at the Arkansas State Fair pageants in October. University of Arkansas-Fort Smith will award the winner of the Queen pageant a $1,500 scholarship.
Crawford County’s 2014 annual Youth Talent Contest will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. before the Senior pageant at Kirksey Park in Mulberry.
A new division also has been added this year to the talent contest for ages 9 and under, Keady said. The second division will be for contestants 10-20 years old.
Keady said the purpose of the Crawford County Youth Talent Contest is to discover, develop and encourage talent in the youth of Arkansas.
It is designed primarily for amateur talent, but any act which qualifies otherwise is accepted even though the act may have received pay at some time, provided that the person or people are not actually engaged in the entertainment business and are not paid instructors of the arts.
Talent presentations must not exceed three minutes. Cash prizes will be awarded in both divisions.
Winners in the second division will represent Crawford County at the Regional Youth Talent Contest in Little Rock at the Arkansas State Fair.
Entry packets for pageant contestants must be received in the mail by August 16.