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Summer pageant plans underway

Clayton County was well-represented during last year’s 11th Annual Special Needs Pageant held in McDonough. They included (first three from left) Leecy Cothram of Stockbridge, Elizabeth June Hampton of Morrow and Ebony Nicole Fleming of Morrow, all of whom made the queen’s court in the young adult division. At far right, Bolivia Freeman of Jonesboro was crowned queen and James Michael Summers of Stockbridge is king. (Photo by Kathy Jefcoats)

Clayton County was well-represented during last year’s 11th Annual Special Needs Pageant held in McDonough. They included (first three from left) Leecy Cothram of Stockbridge, Elizabeth June Hampton of Morrow and Ebony Nicole Fleming of Morrow, all of whom made the queen’s court in the young adult division. At far right, Bolivia Freeman of Jonesboro was crowned queen and James Michael Summers of Stockbridge is king. (Photo by Kathy Jefcoats)

LOCUST GROVE — Applications are still being accepted for the 12th Annual Mr. and Miss Special Henry County pageant, the only one of its kind in the state that highlights the abilities of the special needs population.

The pageant, which is open to residents with special needs in Henry, Clayton, Fayette, Butts and surrounding counties, will be held July 19 at Strong Rock Christian School in Locust Grove.

Applications are being accepted until May 17 and can be gotten by calling pageant director Rhonda Towe at 678-986-4498 or emailing specialpageant@gmail.com.

An orientation meeting will be held May 17 where contestants and their families will get more information on the pageant.

The pageant is open to special needs individuals of all ages, male and female.

This will be the second year for the Junior Division, after crowning three queens and one king in the division last year. This division is for ages birth to 12.

The Teen Division is for ages 13 to 19, the Young Adult Division is for ages 20 to 29 and the Adult Division is for men and woman 30 and older.

Last year, there were 44 contestants from 7-months-old to 67-years-old. All female contestants receive a tiara, sash and star award. All male contestants receive a medal, sash and star award. Kings and queens receive a sash, crown and trophy. Awards for each division also include a Peoples Choice winner for a female and a male, and a first runner-up in each division.

The winners will be asked to make several personal appearances throughout the year and will have a chance to participate in parades, festivals, holiday activities and Special Olympic events.

Pageant tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door. Raffle tickets and People’s Choice votes will also be available for purchase. The People’s Choice Award voting allows friends and family to cast their votes at $1 each and there is no limit on the number of votes they can purchase.

There will also be a silent auction including restaurant certificates, gift baskets and other prizes. There will be an after-party for the contestants, friends and family immediately following the pageant, which will also be held at Strong Rock.

Information for sponsors, volunteers or donations can be gotten by contacting Towe at 678-986-4498 or emailing specialpageant@gmail.com.