WILLIAMSON - Fall is right around the corner, and those seasonal changes automatically bring the Annual King Coal Festival to mind for those residing in the Tug Valley area.
One of the most anticipated festival events is the “Miss King Coal” Beauty Pageant, and there are changes being put into place this year that the Pageant Director, Jada Hunter, has asked to pass on to the public.
In years past, the beauty pageant was held inside the Rose G. Smith Theater, but the decision was made to hold the 2012 40th Annual competition at the Southside Mall at Goody, Ky., in hopes of increasing the number of applicants and those attending the event.
The pageant will be held on the stage located in the center court of the mall on Friday, Sept. 14, at 6:30 p.m. Rehearsal will be held at the mall on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 4-5 p.m., which will also serve as the deadline to register. Entry forms may be picked up prior to this date at Heaven Sent inside the Southside Mall, or at the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce on 2nd Avenue in Williamson.
Girls from the age of 2-18 may compete and all contestants will receive a participation trophy. The 2 year olds will only compete in a beauty presentation and will be charged a fee of $30. The contestants from ages 3-18 will compete in an introductory presentation, as well as beauty and talent divisions. The fee for this group is $45. Each girl entering will be allotted 2 minutes for the talent portion of the evening. Each contestant is also required to bring a 5x7 or 8x10 “natural” photo of herself (no glamour shots), and are asked to cover the name on the photo with masking tape prior to submitting the picture. Numbers will be used to identify the pictures and the contestants.
The pageant is always held prior to Saturday’s festival events, to allow the queens to be represented. Winners will be riding in the parade and will be introduced during the King Coal Bowl scheduled for Saturday evening at the Mingo Central High School, and will participate in the half-time activities.
For more information regarding the pageant, you may contact Ms. Hunter at 304-235-0909, or Action in Mingo (AIM) President Mae Stallard at 235-5560.