Sixteen girls will be competing in the annual Miss and Teen Miss Ramona Pageant that will take place at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center on April 12.
Doors open at 6 p.m. The pageant begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at the gate.
Vying for the title of Miss Ramona are four contestants: Brenna Brean, Courtney Ford, Andrea Proctor and Chersten Sandvik.
For the Teen Miss Ramona title, the following girls are competing: Elizabeth Bowersox, Karissa Brown, Samanda Ceballos, Aixa Cedillo, Taylor Davis, Lucia Hernandez, Shannon Huff, Brooke Hurtado, Samantha Laws, Jordan McEntee, Megan McLellen, and Ciara Webb-Martin.
Competition begins before the evening’s festivities, noted Pageant Director Jill Fleming. During the day the girls will complete the interview portion of the event and meet with judges. Each contestant also gives a speech before the Saturday evening event.
This year’s theme is Mardi Gras and each girl is designing a mask to match the evening gown she will wear when escorted in for the formal portion of the evening, said Fleming.
The masks will be on display so event-goers can vote on the one they like best. Also during the pageant each contestant will give a “golden nugget” — “a little piece of history about Ramona,” said Fleming. In addition, a judge will ask each girl a question.
Crowning the winners will be 2013 Miss Ramona Brianna Abarca and Teen Miss Ramona Shannon Singleton, both of whom Fleming praised for their “exemplary” roles representing the community at events during the past year.
This year’s winners will receive a savings bond — valued at $600 for Miss Ramona and $450 for Teen Miss Ramona.
Awards will be presented for top interview, speech and essay, outstanding costume mask, Miss Congeniality, most photogenic, People’s Choice, and for the Spirit and Director’s awards.
Ramona Outdoor Community Center is at 421 Aqua Lane.