• Natalia Barrios accepts her award as last year’s MIss Petite Apple Blossom. She will soon compete for the title of Miss Apple Blossom, one of a dozen categories to be decided in the 30th annual Apple Queen Pageant.

Apple Queen Pageant marks 30th anniversary Sept. 23

The 30th annual Ellijay Apple Queen Pageant, sponsored by the Ellijay Lions Club will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, in the Ellijay Elementary School auditorium. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the club’s many charitable projects in the Gilmer County area.

“The Ellijay Apple Queen Pageant is a time-honored tradition in our community,” observed event director Stephanie Nelson. “It’s a time to come together to support our youth and many needs of our community. Our children are our future, and we need to let them have a time to shine and understand that no matter your age, you can still make a difference. This is accomplished by letting them lend a helping hand at some local events.”


Pageant schedule

The Wee Apple Dumplin’ class will begin at 10 a.m. with 11 more divisions to follow: Apple Dumplin (1 year) 10:30 a.m., Little Miss Apple Seedling (2 years) 11 a.m., Miss Apple Seedling (3-4 years) 11:30 and the Miss Apple Bud division (5-6 years) at 12 p.m. will close the first session. A break will be held from 12:30-2 p.m. The doors will be locked after Miss Apple Bud is crowned and reopen at 2 p.m.

The second half of the pageant will begin with the Miss Petite Apple Blossom (7-8 years) at 2:45 p.m., followed by Miss Apple Blossom (9-10 years) at 3:15 p.m., Miss Junior Apple (11-12 years) at 3:45 p.m., and Miss Apple (13-14 years) at 4:15 p.m.

The Miss Apple Queen (juniors/seniors) sportswear/introduction will begin at 4:45 p.m. Miss Apple Princess (freshmen/sophomore) will be at 5:15 p.m. and the final division will be held 5:45 p.m. with the Miss Apple Queen competition.

Actual performance times may vary due to the size of each division.

The doors will open at 9 a.m. Participants are encouraged to be at the venue at least 30 minutes prior to their competition time.

For names and photos of participants who had registered as of Monday, Sept. 11, see pages 4C and 5C in this issue of the Times-Courier.

The event emcee will be Sabrina Pinion, who was named Mrs. Universe in 2014.

“She is a native of Wilmington, N.C., and she has called Georgia home for over 20 years with her husband Christian and their family of four babies,” reported Nelson. “She has had a multifaceted career, which includes modeling, pageantry, dance and fitness. She was crowned Mrs. U.S. Universe in June of 2014 and was crowned Mrs. Universe 2014 Ltd., in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in August 2014. Sabrina is the first woman from the United States to win the most coveted international Mrs. title in the world.”


Additional event information

Every contestant will receive a medal and one free admission ticket, and each age division title winner will be given a tiara, banner sash and flowers. Awards will also be given for Most Photogenic, Prettiest Smile, Prettiest Eyes, Prettiest Hair and Miss Congeniality.

Division winners will be invited to participate in the 2017 Apple Festival activities and parade.

Coverage of the pageant and photos of the division winners will appear in next week’s issue of the Times-Courier.

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