Miss West Duluth looks for former winners to celebrate milestone yearThis summer, the Miss West Duluth Pageant will be celebrating its 25th year, and in full-celebration mode, the organizers of the event and Spirit Valley Days are hoping to get as many past winners as possible back in town to celebrate.
This summer, the Miss West Duluth Pageant will be celebrating its 25th year, and in full-celebration mode, the organizers of the event and Spirit Valley Days are hoping to get as many past winners as possible back in town to celebrate.
Organizers are hoping to have a reunion and also planning on having as many former Misses West Duluth and Misses West Duluth Princess take part in the annual parade and pageant.
“We thought I’d be nice to do something special this year,” said Ivan Hohnstadt of the Spirit Valley Days committee.
Although the group is small, at currently only 48 women, it has been hard to keep in touch with all the past winners, said Kayla Moore, co-organizer of the Miss West Duluth Pageant.
“It’s going to be hard because so many people are busy or have moved away,” she said.
But that doesn’t keep her from being optimistic about a strong turnout from past winners. Moore said she and other event organizers hope that publishing the names of past winners in various places will help make others aware of who they need to get in contact with. Those who have moved out of town but still have friends and family in the Duluth area may still be able to see the list and pass along the information of this longstanding West Duluth tradition.
“It’s exciting to have this event go on for 25 years,” said Moore. “It’s a great history and tradition in our community.”
The longstanding history of the pageant now makes it one that most girls in West Duluth remember.
“What I love is the way you can see the community come together for this event,” Moore said. “There are a lot of people who know about the pageant. It’s great to see that girls of this generation are now able to say, ‘I remember watching this pageant when I was a little girl.’’’
Event organizers are not only actively seeking past winners, but current applicants as well. Any high school-aged girl who attends Duluth Denfeld, with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, is qualified to be considered for the title of Miss West Duluth or Miss West Duluth Princess, Moore said.
Anyone who is interested must submit an application and write a short essay about what she loves most about West Duluth. Girls looking for applications can get one from Mary Schuldt, the current Miss West Duluth, and Kasa Gellerstedt, the current Miss West Duluth Princess.
Once selected for the pageant, the girls will compete on July 31 as a part of the annual Spirit Valley Days festivities.
The Pageant itself consists of three parts: a casual wear competition, a formal wear competition and also the question-and-answer portion where the girls must answer one question regarding West Duluth. In both the casual wear and formal wear, the girls must tell the judges how the outfit represents them.
Upon winning the title, each girl holds it for one year and gets a one-year college scholarship.
Moore has been busy with putting the pageant together and also preparing to graduate the College of St. Scholastica this weekend. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun,” she said.
Moore said much of the support for the festivities comes from the Irving Community Club. Moore said she is proud to help represent the Denfeld and West Duluth community as a whole.
“One of the best parts of the Miss West Duluth Pageant is to see how the girls grow throughout the year,” Moore said. “It’s great to see their interpersonal skills improve with volunteer work and public speaking events.”
More information can be found on the Miss West Duluth Pageant Facebook page, and former Misses West Duluth and Misses West Duluth Princess can contact Moore for the festivities going on with this year’s 25th celebration.
If you are a former winner or know a former winner, contact Kayla Andrena Moore at (218)390-8817 or firstname.lastname@example.org.