2020 Miss Chick Pageant registration open

VERSAILLES — Versailles Poultry Days Inc. is accepting applications for the 2020 Miss Chick Pageant. The contest, sponsored by Versailles Savings & Loan and Versailles Poultry Days Inc., will take place Aug. 14 and 15, 2020, beginning with personal interviews at noon on Friday, Aug. 14, and the onstage interview beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, in the old VHS High School Gymnasium located at 459 S. Center St. in Versailles. Poultry Days will be following all local and state guidance as it relates to the health and safety of guests. Plans are being made to modify the event for the safety of contestants and the audience.

After 69 years of celebrating vibrant, dynamic young women as part of the Poultry Days Festival, the Miss Chick pageant has earned its place as a rich community tradition. Members of the Miss Chick court promote the festival throughout their reign acting as ambassadors to the Ultimate Frisbee community that participates in the tournament held in conjunction with the festival and at several other local festivals.

The court also participates in philanthropic events that raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Wounded Warrior Project, and/or conducts events like Confident Chicks Night; a program created to inspire and uplift young women.

In addition to the honor of representing Poultry Days during their reign, the chosen Miss Chick will receive flowers, a plaque, crown and $1,000; first runner-up will receive flowers, a plaque and $400; and second runner-up will receive flowers, a plaque and $200.

Contestants must be females 16 years of age by the day of the contest, and no older than 19 years of age (limited to graduating high school seniors of the class of 2020). Contestants must reside in Darke County and contiguous counties (Miami, Mercer, Montgomery, Shelby, Auglaize, Preble, Jay, Randolph and Wayne).

Sponsors can be any high school organization (including athletic teams, clubs, band and musical), 4-H clubs, and businesses. A list of potential sponsors and contacts is available from the pageant chairpersons if contestants should require help in securing sponsorship. Early applicants will receive a discounted entry fee of $5 payable by the sponsor or contestant. The early application deadline for entries is July 18, 2020. After this date contestants will be subject to a $10 entrance fee. Final deadline for entries is Aug. 1, 2020. Anyone interested becoming involved as a sponsor or contestant should contact Amanda or Madelyn via misschick.vpd@gmail.com or follow the link to the application form via the Poultry Days website.

Contestants will be judged on the following basis:

• Appearance: 25%

• Clothing: 25%

• Poise, ability to speak, platform presence: 25%

• Personal Interview: 25%

For more information and the application, please visit www.versaillespoultrydays.com or visit the Miss Chick — Versailles Poultry Days Facebook page.