“This is our third year, and every year we’ve had more than the year before,” Mudd said about the expected number of participants.
One of the reasons the pageant has been so successful is the dedication Mudd and Pharis have shown in putting the event together. Both women are committed to providing contestants and the audience with an enjoyable experience.
“We have a first class pageant,” Mudd said. “And when we do something we give it one-hundred-and-fifty percent. I want the pageant to be a success, and I want to keep it that way.”
This year’s pageant will include four categories: Little Miss (ages 7-9), Little Princess (10-12), Princess (13-15), and Queen (16-21).
Little Miss, Little Princess and Princess will be judged in evening wear only, while the Queen contestants will be able to wear a cocktail dress of their choice along with red high heels – this year’s theme -- for the opening segment, and evening wear in the second segment.
A winner, first, second, and third runner-up will be chosen in each category. The crowned Queen will receive a tiara, sash, ribbon, trophy, $100.00, and will be eligible for the Miss Kentucky Festival Pageant competition in Lexington. In the other categories, winners will receive a crown, ribbon and trophy, with first, second and third runner-ups being presented with ribbons.
Category winners are invited to participate in the Fiddle Festival activities on Saturday.
“I just want them to have fun,” Mudd said about the contestants. “Before each group goes out, I personally go down and welcome the girls, because without them we couldn’t have a pageant. I appreciate them and I want them to know that. To me they’re all winners, and I want all of them to feel welcome.”
Lisa Pharis (on left) and Joyce Mudd preparing for the pageant