---- — CHAMPLAIN — The winners of the St. Mary’s Bazaar Princess Pageant, accompanied by their courts, will be grand marshals of the annual parade on Memorial Day weekend.
The pageant, open to girls ages 5 through 10, is a new event at the annual bazaar, which also offers carnival rides, games, food, an auction, chicken barbecue, craft show and more.
It takes place at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 25, on the hill behind the church, under a special tent with a pink runway and fanciful castle backdrop.
The event celebrates the imagination of little girls, said Princess Pageant organizer Donna Gero.
“They can live their dreams for a couple of hours,” she said.
For the pageant, contestants can dress in Sunday best, costume or formal attire. All clothing is to be modest, with no swimwear, pageant hair, makeup or heels.
“Judges are looking for personality, poise and stage presence,” a press release said.
Contestants must answer, in writing, one of two questions before the contest: “Why I want to be a princess” or “How I would make the world a better place if I were a princess.”
Parents can take dictation for little ones, said Princess Pageant organizer Donna Gero.
The brief essays will be read to the audience as the children make their walk down the pink runway.
Winners will be chosen in the Junior Princess category, ages 5, 6 and 7; and Princess, ages 8, 9 and 10. Preregistration costs $25; day-of-show entry fee is $35.
The parade takes place at noon Sunday, May 27, and Gero said there is still time for more entries to sign up.
“We could use some more organizations,” she said.
New this year, she said, will be a pair of llamas, among other entries.
“This promises to be a really good bazaar,” she said.
To learn more about the pageant or parade, reach Gero at 298-8765.