Calling all Island girls ages 13-24

Contestants in the Miss Manitoulin pageant take a selfie during a break at the Manitoulin Hotel and Conference Centre. photo by Rebecca Wright

Share your passion! Apply to be a contestant in the Miss Manitoulin pageant

MANITOULIN—The Miss Manitoulin pageant committee is once again seeking Island girls ages 13 to 24 to compete in this year’s Haweater Weekend pageant on Thursday, July 28.

The winning contestant to be named Miss Manitoulin 2016 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 fourth year holding the pageant since we revived it and we are really excited. We have had some amazing girls participate the last three years, with a lot of great support from Island businesses and the community in general.”

Miss Manitoulin 2015 Brittany Manitowabi placed first runner up for Miss Photogenic and was selected as a national finalist for Miss Universe Canada 2017.

She was also one of four finalists in the talent portion of the competition for her performance of an original song.

Fellow Miss Manitoulin 2015 contestant Delaney Madore also attended Miss North Ontario, representing Gore Bay.

In 2014, Miss Manitoulin Katie Harper went on to represent Manitoulin at the Miss North Ontario pageant held in Sudbury and received the talent award as well as the opportunity to represent Manitoulin at the Miss Teenage Canada pageant where she also received the talent award.

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-step 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 a lot of fun,” added fellow Miss Manitoulin committee member Alicia McCutcheon. “We have some great workshops scheduled for the girls and they always seem to enjoy getting to know each other and getting ready for the big event. We also changed it last year so that the contestants don’t have to perform a talent—they have the option of performing a talent or giving a speech on a topic of their choosing.”

“The fashion show is a crowd favourite,” said Ms. Burridge. “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 few 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 2016 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. Applications are due on Friday, July 8.