POINT PLEASANT — A crown, flowers and more await the Mason County Heritage Queen 2017, when the pageant is held Oct. 6.
The deadline to enter is quickly approaching. Women who are 60 years and older have until Sept. 29 to join in on the fun.
The first duty of the new queen will be to ride in the Point Pleasant Battle Days parade on Oct. 7. She will also represent the county at several other events.
The pageant will be held at the Gene Salem Senior Center at 10 a.m. Contestants must be a resident of Mason County for five or more years, and are encouraged to wear a long, old-fashioned style dress, according to Ann Dalton, executive administrative assistant for the Mason County Action Group. Previous Heritage Queens are not eligible to participate.
Point Pleasant Mayor Brian Billings will be the host of the pageant. A reception will also be held in honor of the new royalty, who will replace the 2016 queen, Charlotte Knaul.
The 2017 queen must be prepared to provide her own transportation for the parade on the following day, Dalton added.
The public is invited to the pageant, where the contestants will discuss their children and grandchildren, interests and hobbies, and what they feel is the most needed change in the county.
For more information, or to get an application, contact Dalton at 304-675-2369.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.