A Miss Edamame pageant will be held in conjunction with the March 28 Edamame Festival in the Mulberry City Park.
Pageant director Marla Keady said the pageant will be an outfit of choice wear only; no pageant dresses.
The pageant will begin at 1 p.m. on the entertainment stage. Check in will be at 12:30.
"All winners will receive a beautiful crown, sash and gift bag," Keady said.
The divisions will be Tiny Tot ages 0-11 months old, Wee Princess ages 1-2, Tiny Princess ages 3-4, Princess ages 5-6, Little Miss ages 7-9, Jr Miss ages 10-12, Teen ages 13-16, Miss ages 17-21 and Queen age 40-plus.
Entry form and rules are available at www.pageantgypsy.weebly.com or by calling Keady at (479) 632-3500.
Entry deadline will be March 20. Entry fee will be $25 per contestant.
This will be the second year for Mulberry to host the Edamame Festival.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors will get a chance to taste edamame, listen to local music, eat, ride a helicopter and shop. Additional food vendors will be a top priority for this year’s event, said Monica Freeland with the Mulberry Mayor’s Office.
There also will be some new activities in the park for both kids and adults, such as the recently installed zip line.
Other activities at the festival include live, local music on the park pavilion, an antique car show and antique tractor show, helicopter rides and shopping.
Also back this year is the Edamame Experience booth, a collaboration between Ray Chung, co-owner and chief financial officer with American Vegetable Soybean and Edamame Inc. and the Crawford County Extension Homemaker’s Club.
Festival goers were able to try samples of both a chicken and a bean salad featuring edamame, and plain steamed edamame. They also got a chance to try Cruncha Ma-Me, a healthy freeze-dried version of edamame that is manufactured at the AVSE plant in Mulberry and comes in a variety of flavors.