Monday, July 11, 2011

Miss Georgetown Queen's Tea Contestant Orientation

On Sunday, June 10th Miss Georgetown Fair 2010 Danielle Sacre hosted her Queen's Tea at the Georgetown fairgrounds.  The Queen's Tea is an annual summer event that serves as the new contestant orientation for the Georgetown Fair Queen Pageant.

The Georgetown Fair is one of the largest fairs in Illinois with over 50,000 visitors during their week-long fair in 2010.  The fair is hosted by the queen and her court, and the queen opens every grandstand event during the week.

As the directors of Miss Georgetown, Karen and Jill are two of the best pageant directors in the country - and we have traveled all across the United States visiting fairs, festivals, and pageants in various systems.  Bottom line: the young women of Georgetown are lucky to have such talented and dedicated directors as Karen and Jill.  Simply stated, their queen's tea contestant orientation is far beyond what we see taking place in national pageant systems, even at the state and national level.

Miss Georgetown is about demonstrating excellence from the moment you hit the door.  The fairgrounds conference hall was carefully set up hours in advance for the prospective contestants.  Each table was covered in while linen and had a special center piece depicting the theme for this year's pageant.

The 2011 Contestant Packet is the first thing handed to the girls when they arrive.  The contestant packet contains a complete schedule for the next few weeks and even has paperwork examples.  Queen Danielle greeted contestants as they entered and gave them their packets.

Being Miss Georgetown is an unrivaled experience, and the new fair queen will have a year filled with exciting appearances and a trip to the state pageant in January.  2010 Queen Danielle had two eight foot tables covered in memorabilia from her year, and she even displayed her winning blue evening gown at the orientation.  Queen Danielle makes fair more appearances that we have been used to in national pageant systems, so the tables were covered with photo albums, large scrapbooks and framed pictures.  Queen Danielle actually had an entire 12x12 scrapbook just for her parade pictures.  It is truly amazing the experience a young woman gets at Miss Georgetown, and we are really thrilled to be doing the pictures for them.

The while linen treatment included a buffet of snacks and deserts, which was a welome break for the contestants as they worked through program guidelines and frequently asked questions about the pageant.  The snacks and desserts were artfully displayed and fit for a queen.

2010 Queen Danielle is pictured here with 2009 Queen Chelsea.  Chelsea volunteered at the tea and helped contestants fill out their info cards.  Chelsea is currently a student at Indiana State University.

Queen Danielle gave a short talk about her experience as Miss Georgetown.  Not only did Danielle talk about how much she enjoyed making appearances, but she also mentioned how being promoted as Miss Georgetown has created job opportunities.

Here is Director Karen in action going over basic information about the Miss Georgetown Queen Pageant.  The contestants will participate in a month of practices and workshops to help them get ready for the pageant.  During the orientation Karen gives early advice about everything from Facebook to wardrobe selection, and she explains how every contestant will have the chance to do a complete mock interview before pageant day.

Keep reading Josh and Joe Travels as we continue our journey with Miss Georgetown!

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