NISSWA — The Nisswa Women of Today will kick off the 2013 Nisswa Winter Jubilee by hosting the 2013 Miss Nisswa Scholarship Pageant on Friday, Feb. 15, at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. and will culminate when the reigning Miss Nisswa, Mackayla Headlee, crowns one of nine local seniors as the area’s newest royalty.
Tickets to the pageant are $5 at the door.
Saturday morning, Feb. 16, there will be a pancake breakfast at the Nisswa Community Center sponsored by the Nisswa Women of Today and Schaefer’s Foods starting at 8:30 a.m.
Miss Nisswa candidates include Anna Bieganek, Kaitlyn Christianson, Kara Hansen, Megan Hintz, Molly Palm, Samantha Rathman, Elise Runberg, Nicole Traut and Carissa Voels.
Three judges will review each contestant’s essay before the pageant, as well as conduct 10-minute interviews in panel format.
At the event, the Miss Nisswa contestants will be judged in casual wear, formal wear and an impromptu question.
The Miss Nisswa Scholarship Pageant provides prizes to all participants, thanks to the support of area businesses and individual sponsors.
The scholarship pageant will include dance performances by both the Miss Nisswa contestants as well as the Little Miss Nisswa participants. Little Miss Nisswa Carley Maine will crown the 22nd Little Miss Nisswa in a non-competitive segment of the pageant. This year there are 15 second-graders hoping for the title.
Mistress of ceremonies will be Stacey Waidelich, a member of the Nisswa Women of Today. Escorts for the contestants will be Brayden Campbell, Zean Baker and Jack Holland, Brainerd High School seniors who attended Nisswa Elementary School.
The first appearance of the 2013 Miss Nisswa, Little Miss and all the contestants and participants will be during the Nisswa Winter Jubilee parade at noon Saturday, Feb. 16. Dozens of other Winter Jubilee activities are also planned. Visit the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce website at www.nisswa.com for the Winter Jubilee schedule of events.
Members of the Nisswa Women of Today contribute to their community by raising funds for worthy causes and providing services or education to benefit community members. They develop and foster skills and talents related to becoming successful individuals, interacting well with other people and becoming capable leaders, while developing friendships and finding personal support within the organization.
The group usually meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at the Nisswa Community Center, though meeting locations do sometimes vary. To become a member, call Stacey Waidelich at 218-821-1650.