Queen contestants must be 15 to 19 years of age as of Aug. 31 of this year. Princess contestants must be 10 to 14 years of age by Aug. 31 of this year. Little Miss contestants must be 5 to 9 years by Aug. 31 of this year. There is a minimum of three contestants per division or the divisions will be combined.
Contestants must attend school in Anderson County, however may reside in surrounding counties.
Three practice sessions will be held: 1 p.m. March 15, 10 a.m. April 19 and 10 a.m. May 17. It is recommended for participants to attend these sessions in order to learn proper pattern for horsemanship as well as interview preparation.
Contestants will be judged in the categories of horsemanship (50 percent), correct posture, control of the horse and confidence and correct pattern; personal interview and speech (25 percent), ability to speak clearly and answer questions by the judges; modeling and attire (25 percent), age appropriate clothing, ability to model the clothing. Two additional categories include ticket sales and Miss Photogenic. These will be judged for awards but will not be included in the final point total towards winning the title.
Crowning ceremony will be Saturday night on May 24 during the Dogwood Frontier UPRA/CPRA Rodeo in Palestine.
For more information about the competition or to pick up an application, call Tonya Ray at 903-724-2349 or Kim Ray at 903-731-4943.
Community Editor Cheril Vernon contributed to this story.