HERITAGE FOUNDATION OF WILLIAMSON COUNTY
The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County is kicking off the 36th Annual Main Street Festival, Presented by First Tennessee Bank, with the inaugural Little Miss & Mister Main Street Pageant, sponsored by Sweet CeCe’s Frozen Desserts & More.
The pageant will be held on the first day of the festival, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27, on the main stage.
The Little Miss & Mister Main Street Pageant will be broken into four groups. Little Miss is open to girls ages 9-12 years-old. Little Mister is open to boys ages 9-12 years-old. Jr. Little Miss and Jr. Little Mister are open to girls ages 5-8 years-old and boys ages 5-8 years old, respectively. Winners in all four categories will receive a $50 cash prize, $50 Sweet CeCe’s gift card, sash, crown and trophy. The first runner-up in all categories will receive a $40 Sweet CeCe’s gift card and trophy. The second runner-up in all categories will receive a $30 Sweet CeCe’s gift card and trophy.
“This was a great idea from our Director of Festivals, Liz Hall, and it lives into our mission in a variety of ways. We strive to increase youth involvement in historic preservation and an overall community atmosphere which helps further our cultural heritage,” Heritage Foundation CEO Bari Beasley said. “Our goal with the Little Miss and Mister Main Street pageant is to create a memorable moment at Main Street Festival for participants and attendees alike.”
The pageant will consist of two rounds. Each participant will model across the stage in their formal attire while the emcee, former Miss Tennessee USA, Allee-Sutton Hethcoat, announces their name and favorite hobbies. After the three-judge panel score the contestants, the Top 10 in each age group will be presented with an age-appropriate question. Once judges’ scores have been tallied, first- and second-place runners-up will be announced, then our first Jr. Little Miss & Mister and Little Miss & Mister will be crowned by the reining Miss Williamson County, Machalia Bennett. The winners of Little Miss & Mister Main Street will participate in Heritage Foundation events throughout the year, including Pumpkinfest; Dickens of a Christmas, Presented by First Citizens National Bank; and Jr. Heritage Foundation initiatives.
“We are excited to have the reigning Little Miss and Little Mister Main Street involved with other Heritage Foundation events,” Director of Festivals Liz Hall said. “We’re truly looking to differentiate each of our three signature festivals in new and local-focused ways, and this fits the bill for Main Street Festival.”
Registration is open now until April 5, 2019 and is $75 per person. There are limited spots available in each of the four categories, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. All participants must be Williamson County residents. For additional rules and regulations, visit WilliamsonHeritage.org/MainStreetPageant.
A one-hour mandatory, informational meeting for the parent/guardian of the contestants will be held at 5:30 p.m. on April 11 at the Lehew Magid Big House for Historic Preservation at 112 Bridge Street, Franklin, TN. During the meeting, staff will answer any questions and randomly draw the presentation order for the pageant contestants.
The pageant will be judged by former Miss Mississippi USA, Chelsea Reardon Leemon, former Miss Tennessee USA, Morgan High Orgain and Director of Miss Williamson County, Kevin Livingston.
For more information about the Little Miss & Mister Main Street Pageant, or to register visit WilliamsonHeritage.org/MainStreetPageant.