Contestants sought for the Natchitoches Queens Scholarship Program

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Miss Merry Christmas and City of Lights

Contestants are being sought for the 2022 Natchitoches Queens Scholarship Program that will be at the A.A. Fredricks Auditorium on the campus of Northwestern State University. The Natchitoches Queens Scholarship Program includes the Miss Merry Christmas Pageant and the Miss Natchitoches City of Lights Pageant. The Miss Merry Christmas Pageant will be Saturday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. followed by the City of Lights Pageant Sunday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m.
The Miss Merry Christmas Pageant is open to young ladies who will be enrolled in the 12th grade in a Natchitoches Parish school. Participants compete in scholastic achievement, interview, evening wear, casual wear and onstage question. The winner will be crowned Miss Merry Christmas and will serve as the official hostess of the Natchitoches Christmas Festival. Christmas Belles will also be selected from the pageant contestants. Miss Merry Christmas and her Belles will represent Natchitoches at events throughout the holiday season.

This article publishes in the Aug. 4, 2022, print edition. Contact the Times by calling 352-3618.

There is a $75 entry fee for the Miss Merry Christmas Pageant. There must be at least 10 girls entered for the pageant to occur. All applications and entry fees must be returned to the Main Street Office at 781 Front St., Natchitoches, no later than Friday, Sept. 2 at 4 p.m. 
The Miss Natchitoches City of Lights Pageant is open to young ladies who will be enrolled in the 12th grade through age 25 by Dec. 31, 2023, enrolled in high school or college, or meets the state residency requirement. Participants compete in interview, talent, onstage interview/ social impact and red-carpet wear. The winner will be crowned Miss Natchitoches City of Lights and will receive a $1,000 In-Kind Scholarship to Northwestern State University, an official Miss America Local Crown, a custom embroidered sash and more. The winner must be available to attend Miss Louisiana State Meeting in April 2023 and the Miss Louisiana State Competition in June 2023 in Monroe.
The Miss City of Lights Pageant also includes an Outstanding Teen division. Participants must be enrolled in Junior/High School, be between the ages of 13-18 and compete in interviews, fitness in sportswear, talent and evening wear/onstage question.
There is a $110 entry fee to enter the City of Lights Pageant in the Miss division and a $75 entry fee for the Outstanding Teen division. All applications must be submitted to pageant director Gregory O’Quinn via email at gregoquinn78@yahoo.com by Sept. 28. 
 Applications can be picked up at the Natchitoches Main Street Office Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information, call (318) 357-3822.