Calling all Island girls 13 to 24

MANITOULIN—The Miss Manitoulin pageant committee is seeking Island girls ages 13 to 24 to compete in this year’s Haweater Weekend pageant on Thursday, July 30.

The winning contestant to be named Miss Manitoulin 2015 will go on to represent the Island at the Miss North Ontario pageant in Sudbury.

“It is a great opportunity to meet new people, make friends, have fun and win some great prizes,” commented Robin Burridge of the Miss Manitoulin Committee. “This will be the third year holding the pageant since we revived it and we are really excited. We had some amazing girls participate the last two years, with a lot of great support from Island businesses and the community in general.”

Last year’s Miss Manitoulin Katie Harper went on to represent Manitoulin at the Miss North Ontario pageant held in Sudbury recently and received the talent award as well as the opportunity to represent Manitoulin at the Miss Teenage Canada pageant this August.

The contestants are required to find an Island business to sponsor them for the contest for $100. That amount will cover the contestant’s entry fee, sash (featuring the sponsor’s name) and other associated costs.

The girls will go through a multi-tiered process to determine who will be crowned the next Miss Manitoulin, including a one-on-one interview prior to the pageant with the judges, a fashion show featuring Island fashions, an evening gown competition, and a talent or speech component.

“The entire pageant day is really a blast,” added fellow Miss Manitoulin committee member Alicia McCutcheon. “We have some great workshops scheduled for the girls and even a surprise special guest lined up. We also have some new fun events for contestants leading up to the pageant like a makeup session with a professional makeup artist.”

“The girls always really love the fashion show,” said Ms. Burridge. “It’s a lot of fun. Various Island businesses will be loaning this season’s hottest trends for the fashion show and we will be having professional hair and makeup artists to help the girls get ready.”

“We have had a diverse group of girls the past two years,” explained Ms. McCutcheon. “From hockey players, hoop dancers, singers to poets; Miss Manitoulin is about sharing what makes you special.”

If you are interested in registering to be a part of Miss Manitoulin 2015 or would like to find out more information about the pageant, email robin@manitoulin.ca, visit the Miss Manitoulin pageant Facebook group or pick up an application at The Manitoulin Expositor Office at 1 Manitowaning Road in Little Current.