The seventh annual Miss Northwest Pageant will be held June 16 at 7 p.m. in the Woodward Arts Theater.

Thirty girls from three to 17 years old will compete for the honor that comes with a “Miss Northwest” title.

Carolyn Ames and Sally Miller are co-directors for the pageant, which is held to promote young women in Northwest Oklahoma.

The contest is open for young women who live west of Interstate 35 and north of Interstate 40, Ames said.

And this year girls from Woodward, Mooreland, Sharon, Mutual, Shattuck and even Enid will participate.

Ames said entries will be divided up into five different age groups, so that the girls will be competing against their peers and the contest will be as fair as possible.

Those between the ages of three and five are in the Miss Northwest Tiny competition and those between six and eight are in the Miss Northwest Mini competition. The Miss Northwest Young Miss competition is for girls aged nine to 11, while Miss Northwest Pre-Teen is for girls 12 to 14.

Girls 15 to 17 years old will vie for the title of Miss Northwest Teen.

Everything about the pageant will be age appropriate, Ames said.

“We don’t want a three-year-old looking like a 15-year-old,” she said.

Throughout the competition the girls will be judged in four areas: interview, modeling, talent, and photogenic quality.

Based on the variety of talent that will be on display, Miller said it promises to be a very entertaining evening.

She said the girls’ talents range from singing and dancing to twirling and acrobatics.

Last year’s winners were Katelyn Stewart as Miss Northwest Tiny, Lilliana Horner as Miss Northwest Mini, Shelbi Smithton as Miss Northwest Young Miss, Carmen Sander as Miss Northwest Sander, and Jamie Trissel as Miss Northwest Teen.

Tickets are available by contacting Karen Stephenson at Stock Exchange Bank or you may purchase your tickets at the door.

Admission costs $6, Ames said, and the money raised by the pageant goes toward providing scholarship money for the Miss Northwest Passage Pageant, which is a preliminary to the Miss Oklahoma Pageant, held later in the year.

Miller said the pageant typically will raise around $3,000 for scholarships.

She said she would encourage everyone to “come out and support the girls.”

Ames said the pageant really helps to “instill confidence (in the girls) and teach them skills they will use the rest of their lives.”

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