For the first time ever, there's going to be a Miss Lehigh pageant contest with the hopes that the winner could end up in the Miss Florida U.S. International and Miss Florida American beauty pageants.
Suzi Hosfeld, executive director of both pageants and the Little Miss/Jr. Miss Pre-Teen Florida American Beauty pageant, says she is excited because there have been calls since last year asking for a Miss Lehigh pageant in Lehigh.
"We have planned a Miss Lehigh pageant in Lehigh Acres and it is set for Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. at the VFW Post at 25 Homestead Road and since the time is short, we are calling for entrants now to sign up to be in the pageant," Hosfeld said.
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Winners of a recent pageant. Shown from left, Caroline Dixon, Jr. Miss American Beauty, Charlisse Armstrong, Little Miss Florida American Beauty and Alayna Jones, Miss Florida U.S. International.
A workshop will be held for the applicants from Lehigh so they will know how the pageant will be conducted and what to wear and what to expect," Hosfeld said.
Carolyn Holoday, a spokeswoman and bartender with the Veterans of Foreign Wars at 25 Homestead Road said members of the post were delighted to be the venue for the Miss Lehigh Pageant.
"We will hold it in our party room and we can easily seat 80 people. It should be a lot of fun," she said.
Hosfeld said the two large parents, Miss Florida U.S. International and Miss Florida America are the third largest pageant systems in the world and the sister pageant to the Miss Universe Pageant.
Hosfeld said they hold local preliminary pageants throughout the state of Florida all year long and hold their State Pageant in November.
"This year, we are going to hold a Miss Lehigh division. Our corporate offices are in Fort Myers and we have never done this before," she said.
"So many Lehigh residents have asked for a 'local' queen so we thought this is the year to do it. We would love to hold a pageant and the winners will have the opportunity promote Lehigh not only to those from all over the state but to those all over the glove," she said.
Anyone who wants to contact her may call 239-822-4661 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also go on their websites at: www.missfloridausinternational.net and www.missfloridaamericanbeauty.com, she said.
Some of the details on the age divisions, according to Hosfeld are:
- Miss Lehigh U.S. International, ages 18-25
- Tiny Miss Lehigh, ages 4-5
- Little Miss Lehigh, ages 6-8
- Miss Pre-Teen Lehigh, ages 9-11
- Junior Miss Lehigh, ages 12-14
- Miss Teen Lehigh American beauty, ages 15-18
- Mrs. Lehigh American Beauty, must be married and over the age of 22.
- Ms. Lehigh American Beauty can be married, unmarried or divorced but be over the age of 29.
- Elite Lehigh American Beauty, over age 50
"Then we offer a Mr. Lehigh for guys of all ages," Hosfeld said.
Hosfeld said that since these pageants are strictly for Lehigh Acres, only local residents should enter. And that should not be a problem for Lehigh, she said, since there is a population of more than 90,000 people living there now.
"Remember, tell your friends in school, tell the men and women of Lehigh. Now is their opportunity to become a part of some well-known pageants and who knows, Lehigh could produce the new pageant winners.
"We're really hoping for a large turnout for applicants," she said. "I can give more information to anyone who calls and the website can be helpful, too."
There will be a panel of five judges and like other pageants, there will be an evening wear competition and an interview for the judges to see the personalities of the applicants.
"I'm really excited about this and hope Lehigh wants to be a part of it," she said.