The Greatest Show: Corn Queen Pageant Saturday, Beta Club performs
The third annual 2018 Corn Festival Queen Pageant is set for this Saturday at the Sullivan High School auditorium at 4 p.m.
There are several different categories and each one will have different portions to their competition.
The Baby Prince/Princess Contest is for children under 2-years-old. The Toddler Prince/Princess for ages 2- to 4-years-old will have formal wear only with a question to answer. The Mini Princess for grades Kindergarten through fourth grade will have formal wear, glitz/glamour attire, a poem/short story and a question. The Junior Princess will be grades fifth through eighth and they will have formal wear, glitz/glamour attire, a poem/short story and a question. The Queen will be freshman through seniors and they will have formal wear, a talent performance and a question. This year there will be no Grand Queen due to no participation.
All contestants must be a Sullivan County resident or a Sullivan County student. Every year there is a theme for the contest.
“Our theme this year, is The Greatest Show, an anti-bullying production,” Raemie Maak-Cooley, the Corn Queen pageant director, said. “This is inspired by The Greatest Showman movie.”
She thinks this is an important message for youth in the county.
“Our mission statement this year will be anti-bullying, and what better theme to have then The Greatest Showman,” Makk-Cooley said. “It is about folks who were called freaks, bullied and ostracized, simply for their appearance, who overcame, shined and said this is me.”
This year’s contestants include: Queen contestants – Lauren Schlaegl, Bailey Flath, Mariah Mason, Joleigh Rae Sexton and Hope Boone; Juniors – McKenzie Barrett; Mini – Lillie Brandon, Justice Black, Cheyenne Elizabeth Hall, Alexia O'vivion, Ria Marie Copeland and Ali Ann Lawson; Toddlers – Elliana Branson, Marshall Voigtman, Olivia Voigtman, Addilynn Carlson, Paisley Ann Luttrell, Shelton Vester, Jovie Lynn Anderson, Mari Ayers and Tinley Griswold; Baby – Bristol Mason Jewell, Maverick Purcell, Rowyn Jane Willard, Jaklee Jane Smith, Easton Timothy Hall, Elizabeth Norton, Aubrey Hobbs and Remington Calhoun.
The performers between the groups will be Braelyn Wence, the current 2017 Corn Festival Grand Queen, and the SHS Beta Club.
The Beta Club This performed to this theme this past June in Savannah, Georgia at the Beta National Convention where they placed seventh out of 50 acts.
For the competitors, Maak-Cooley hopes the participants learn from this experience.
“I think it is important for them to gain confidence and get out of their comfort zone,” Maak-Cooley said.