South Jax celebrating pageant’s 30th anniversary

By Ryne Turke on May 31, 2016 at 7:25am

The 30th anniversary of the South Jacksonville Celebration pageant is coming up this summer.

Some changes were made to the pageant last year, like the addition of the Little Mr. category and a new location for the show at First Christian Church.

Pageant Director Misty Rowe says the event drew a big crowd in 2015 and hopes to bring the same atmosphere to the show again.

“Each one will have an interview and then they do have a swimsuit portion where they get to choose a cute swimsuit to come out and model. They also have a portion where they come out in a dress or suit and get to have their time on the stage. They also have a dance, that they prepare ahead of time, that they will perform on the stage too,” says Rowe.

The 2015 Little Miss was Norah Mackey and Anson Butcher was crowned Little Mr.

Boys and girls, ages five to seven who live within South Jacksonville boundaries, are eligible to participate in the show. Rowe hopes to draw in more contestants for the shows.

“We currently have four girls registered and two boys registered. We can take up to 15 boys and 15 girls, so we do need to get more contestants,” says Rowe.

Escape Salon & Day Spa, at 230 South Sandy Street, will provide free hair and make up to contestants on the day of the pageant. Jim Aggert will host the event and judges include Deea Vortman, Kristen Bess and Miss Quincy Angelica Neiman.

The contest starts at 6 p.m. on July 29th at First Christian Church.

The signup deadline for the free event is June 1st. Contact Rowe at 243-6445 for more information.  A registration link can be found here.