Pageant for toddlers to teens raises money for cancer research

Toddlers to teenage girls will compete in the first ever Miss Relay for Life pageant.

The event is planned for Saturday, April 29 at 3 p.m. at East McDowell Junior High with the proceeds going directly to Relay for Life. Admission is $5 and children five and under are free.

The pageant was started by Madison Wilson, who graduated McDowell High School in 2015. She lives in Nebo and is working now as a license estician. She grew up doing pageants, and thought this would be a good way to give back to her community.

“I really wanted to do this because McDowell doesn’t have many pageants. I wanted to open it up and give older and younger girls an opportunity to participate in a pageant, while raising money for Relay,” Wilson said.

The pageant will feature girls from ages three to 18, who will be judged within their age division, and in the categories of evening gown and casual wear. There are over 20 contestants who have signed up to be in the pageant.

“Hopefully next year we can add in some more competitions like interview and talent,” said Wilson.

The winners will receive a crown, trophy and sash. The pageant is still seeking sponsors for the show.

“Anything we can get helps. The girls will be going out in the community to get sponsorships. Whoever raises the most money will get the Grand Supreme title,” said Wilson.

The titleholders will be featured in the annual community parades, and will have a booth at this year’s Relay for Life at Tom Johnson’s Camping World in May.

“We are going to hopefully do things all year long to raise money for Relay,” said Wilson.

The names of the contestants are being withheld Wilson told The McDowell News by email, “In our official Miss Relay for Life handbook it clearly states that the names of the contestants will not be disclosed.”

If you would like to be a sponsor, call 803-1959.