REED CITY — August means festival time again in Reed City and a great way to get it started is with the Miss Reed City Pageant. This event has been sponsored by the General Federation of Women’s Club for the last five years. Reed City is home to many talented youngsters. The pageant gives them an opportunity to shine. They are free to express who they are and what they love in several categories.

The pageant has four divisions; Queen for ages 14-19, Junior Queen for ages nine-13, Princess for ages eight and under, and Prince for ages ten and under. Participants will be judged by a panel of community members through an interview, wearing a casual outfit, demonstrating a talent and a decking out in a formal wear outfit.

Organizers encourage participants to have fun and don’t be afraid to pick a talent not usually seen. The talent portion of the show has continued to be very entertaining, with a variety of unique talents. (If music is needed, please put the song on a CD with the child’s name and which track.)

Last year audiences enjoyed singing, dancing, dog tricks, pizza making and construction.

The pageant will be on Wednesday, Aug 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Norman Elementary gym. Practice will be at 5:30 p.m. for all participants. Winners receive a crown, a sash and a prize bag. Participants are also asked to ride in the Crossroads Festival parade at 6 p.m. on Friday night.

Applications are available at the Reed City Depot or you may call Shelly Scharlow at 832-3178. These are to be submitted along with a recent photo and a couple of paragraphs about the child to be used as an introduction during the competition.

There is also a fee of $15.

It takes a lot of courage to get up in front of an audience, especially for the youngest participants.

Come on down to show your support for all those who enter and give them a great boost of confidence as they perform.

It’s a fun filled night for the whole family.