By Charlotte Underwood / Staff Writer
The Laurel County Fair is presenting two days of pageantry and for the first time ever, the pageant will be held inside at the North Laurel High School Auditorium on Hal Rogers Parkway in London, according to pageant organizers. The pageants cover several youth categories and will take place on Sunday and Monday.
“We decided to move the pageants inside at the high school to give it a more pageant feel,” said Laurel County Fair Coordinator Jimmy Durham.
Miss Laurel County Fair Pageant
The Miss Laurel County Fair Pageant will be held Monday and will feature young ladies, ages 16-21, who are hoping to represent the Laurel County Fair in the Miss Kentucky County Fair pageant, held each January in Louisville.
The winner qualifies for a $500 dollar scholarship. Contestants for Miss Laurel County must be single, have never been married or had a marriage annulled and never had any children. A contestant must have reached her 16th birthday by Oct. 31st of the year when the pageant is held. Contestants must report by 4:30 p.m. to the North Laurel High School Auditorium for registration on the day of the pageant. Miss Laurel County Fair will also receive a crown, banner, trophy and will appear at the Kentucky State Fair.
Miss Teen Laurel County
The Miss Teen Laurel County Fair Pageant is open to young ladies, ages 13-15, who will compete for the title. The Miss Teen pageant will be held Monday. Contestants for the Miss Teen Laurel Fair must be single, never married, never had a marriage annulled. She must have reached her 13th birthday by Oct. 31 of the pageant year and not have reached her 16th birthday by Oct. 31. Miss Teen Laurel County will receive $50, a crown, banner and trophy.
Young ladies ages 8 through 12 will compete in the Miss Pre-Teen pageant on Monday. Contestants must report by 2:30 p.m. to the North Laurel High School Auditorium for registration on the day of the pageant. Winners will compete for a crown, banner, trophy and $25 cash prize. The winner will represent the Laurel County Fair in Louisville at the Kentucky Association of Fairs pageant which will be held in October in conjunction with the Miss Teen Pageant. Contestants must be age 8 by July 1, and not yet age 13 by Oct. 31.
Little Miss and Mister
The Little Miss and Mister pageant is open to ages 5-7, and will be held Monday at 7 p.m. Contestants have to compete as a couple. Little Miss and Mister must have reached their 5th birthday by June 30 and not have reached their 8th birthday by June 30. Little Miss and Mister will receive $25, crown, banner and trophy. Winners of the Little Miss and Mister pageant will represent the Laurel County Fair in August at the Kentucky State Fair.
Little Miss Laurel County
On Sunday during the Children Pageant, there will be a division for Little Miss Laurel County. This is open to residents of Laurel County for ages 5-7. Little Miss Laurel County will compete in Sunday Dress only. Contestants will need to be at the North Laurel High School Auditorium by no later than 1:30 p.m. with the Children’s Pageant beginning at 2 p.m.
Tiny Miss and Mister
Tiny Miss and Mister Laurel County Fair will feature adorable youngsters. The pride of moms and dads, grannies and grandpas can easily be spotted throughout the crowd. Children ages 3-4 will be looking their best Sunday. Tiny Miss and Mister will appear in the outfit of their choice. The winner, first runner-up and second runner-up will be chosen. There will be separate divisions for boys and girls. Registration will begin at noon at the North Laurel High School Auditorium and Tiny Miss and Mister division will follow after the Baby Show which begins at 2 p.m.
The Laurel County Fair will give audience members the chance to see the youngest participants in the pageant on Sunday. Participants will take the stage Sunday at 2 p.m. Age categories are newborn – 6 months, 7-12 months, 13-24 months, and 25-35 months. First, second and third place will be chosen in each category. Participants will appear in the outfit of the parent’s choice. Registration will begin at noon at the NLHS Auditorium.
All pageants are open competition. There is a $30 entry fee per contestant. There are also optionals available for $5 each or all six for $20. There are Best Eyes, Best Hair, Best Smile, Best Dressed, Best Personality and Photogenic. For the Photogenic optional, you will need to submit a picture no bigger than an 8x10 and not in a frame. The entry deadline to participate in pageants was July 5.
Visit www.laurelcountyfair.com for entry forms and more information about the Laurel County Fair. Pageant admission is $10.