Princess Edamame Pageant will be held at noon March 29 at the Mulberry City Park as part of the first Edamame Festival.
Princess Edamame is a natural beauty pageant open to all area girls ages 0-6. Proceeds from the pageant will go to benefit the Mulberry-Pleasant View chapter of Future Farmers of America (FFA).
Creena Bocksnick, who heads the Mulberry-Pleasant View FFA chapter, is organizing the pageant - her first, she said.
As this is a natural beauty pageant, parents are asked to bring contestants dressed in casual wear without all the "glitz" of a regular pageant, Bocksnick said.
"We went with the casual theme so they wouldn’t have to wear the poofy dresses outside with no dressing rooms," Bocksnick said. "So they could be more comfortable."
There are three categories for the pageant: Tiny Miss Edamame for girls ages 0-2, Little Miss Edamame for girls ages 3-4 and Edamame Princess for girls ages 5-6.
Deadline to enter is March 17 and the entry fee is $20 for each division.
Girls must come wearing their pageant outfit, as there will be no dressing area. All contestants must be checked in by 11:30 the day of the pageant.
Older FFA members will emcee the event, providing details about each participant during the event, Bocksnick said.
There is no official rehearsal for the pageant, and participants are being judged on their natural appearance and "just kind of a kid as a kid," Bocksnick said.
Winners in each age group will receive a sash, crown and bouquet, and runners-up will receive prizes.
For more information, contact Bocksnick at (479) 997-1363 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.