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Miss Farmington candidates in short supply
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

The Miss Farmington committee is looking for a few (more) good young women.

As of Tuesday, only five girls had registered to participate in the 2009 Miss Farmington competition, scheduled as part of the upcoming Dew Days celebration. With a $1,500 scholarship on the line, organizers of the coronation would like to see a few more candidates register.

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The original deadline for the competition was April 3, Miss Farmington committee member Cindy Muller said. At the end of the day, though, only four candidates had registered, so the committee decided to extend the deadline to Friday, April 17. A fifth candidate registered Monday.

Girls between the age of 17-21 are eligible to participate. Miss candidates should live or attend school in the Farmington School District. Each candidate should have a business sponsor her.

The cost to sponsor a Miss Farmington candidate is $125, but Muller said sponsorships come with quite a bit of "free publicity," including having the business name printed with the candidate's photo in the Farmington Independent prior to the coronation. In addition, the sponsors of the crowned royalty will be named when Miss Farmington and her court appear in parades in surrounding communities.

The Dew Days committee will give each business that sponsors a candidate a free spot in the Sunday Grand Parade. Each business that participates in the parade is ordinarily charged $100.

Coronation

The pageant will be June 18, 7 p.m., at the Farmington High School auditorium. Each candidate will perform in a group dance, participate in a fashion show, give a platform presentation and show off a talent routine. Additionally, they will be interviewed by judges the evening before the coronation.

The talent routines can be just about anything the candidate wishes to perform, Muller said.

"It can be reading a poem, doing a dance routine, playing an instrument, anything," she said. "In the past, we've had a flag routine, singing, all kinds of things."

Candidates will be asked to adopt an opinion on a platform of their choice, and be ready to share their opinion with the judges during the interviews and at the coronation. Each candidate may select whatever issue she wishes.

There is one thing the Miss Farmington pageant is not, though -- a beauty contest. According to Muller, it is an event to encourage young ladies to become ambassadors for the Farmington area and represent Farmington in area parades and local events.

Miss Farmington will receive a $1,500 scholarship. The first and second princess will each receive a $500 scholarship, and Miss Congeniality will receive a $100 savings bond.

The Little Miss contest is already full, with 12 little girls registered and another 13 on a waiting list.

Applications to sponsor a Miss Farmington candidate are available at Farmington City Hall, Farmington High School and on the Dew Days web site, www.dewdays.com. All applications must be turned in to Muller at Farmington City Hall by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17.

Tickets for the June 18 coronation will be $5, plus the cost of a $3 Dew Days button. Candidates will also be asked to sell buttons prior to the coronation.

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