Participants are preparing their outfits and practicing their walks for the 25th Miss Prairie Port Pageant next week.
Ten area ladies have signed up for the pageant this year for a variety of reason, but the main cause for their involvement is to have a good time and meet new people.
The first of the contestants is Kristen Toews of Whitewater.
“I think I’m just looking forward to hanging out with the girls,” Toews said.
She said they had been having a good time at rehearsals.
Toews is in her first year in cosmetology school. After graduation she plans to start her career in the cosmetology industry, whether with her own shop or working in a salon.
She is currently taking some time to work with 4-Hers, challenging the youth to make baby hats which will be donated to local hospitals for newborns.
She is the daughter of Jeff and Theresa Toews and is sponsored by Farm Bureau Association.
The second contestant is Jerica Alvarez.
“I am just looking forward to having a good time and having some fun,” she said.
Alvarez is from El Dorado and is a sophomore at Butler Community College. After Butler, she plans to continue her education, majoring in Egyptology.
She is currently taking dance lessons and likes to travel around the work, learning about other cultures.
She is the daughter of Ron and Tonda Alvarez and is sponsored by Dr. Rose Wilson.
The next candidate is Megan Graber of El Dorado.
She is looking forward to “the new experience.”
“I have never done it before,” she said.
She works at Walter’s Flowers, which is doing the flowers for the pageant, and they were talking about it and she was told she should enter, so she did.
She is a senior at Trinity Academy.
She is the co-leader of the First Baptist Church mime troup and has been on three mission trips to Mexico.
Graber is the daughter of Wade and Peggy Graber and is sponsored by Walter’s Flowers and Interiors.
The next contestant is Tiesche Brown of El Dorado.
“I just want to do something new,” she said of why she entered. “I have been to the pageant a couple of times and the girls look like they are having fun.”
So she thought she’d give it a try.
She is a senior at El Dorado High School.
She has been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Butler Youth Leadership.
Brown is the daughter of Scotty McGaha and Dewayne Phillips Watson and she is sponsored by Fiesta Mexicana and Cutting Country.
Page 2 of 3 - Brittany Brown of El Dorado is also competing in the pageant.
This is something her family has wanted her to do for some time, as well as has been a dream of hers.
“I’m just looking forward to finally doing it,” she said.
Brown is a freshman at the University of North Texas, where she is majoring in interior design and minoring in business marketing. She hopes to one day own her own business in Texas, preferably San Antonio.
She is the daughter of Charlotte and Stacy Brown and is sponsored by Bonnie Buckman, State Farm.
The next contestant is Kira Lauxman of Towanda.
“I’ve done it before and I really enjoyed it,” she said.
One of her favorite parts is the formal wear competition. She also enjoys meeting new friends.
She is a sophomore at Emporia State University.
She is active in her church, where she played the drums in the worship band before having rotator cuff and labrum surgery. Now she runs the lights during the service. She also has helped run the Kansas Kids Fitness Day at Butler Community College and gone on mission trips.
She is the daughter of Douglas and Sarah Lauxman and is sponsored by Frontier Refining.
Also competing is Hevin Killman of Benton.
“I had a great time last year doing the pageant, learning a lot and meeting a lot of new people, so I thought I would do it again,” she said.
She is a freshman at Butler Community College.
She has served at the Lord’s Diner, collected toys for the Salvation Army and completed church camp community service projects.
She is the daughter of Kari and Dwayne Killman of Benton and Tammy and Chris Henderson of Towanda and is sponsored by CDH, Inc.
Next up is Destiny Curtis of El Dorado.
She is a sophomore at Texas Christian University, where she is majoring in business administration and minoring in economics.
She has been involved in a variety of fundraisers and volunteer work. She also enjoys such hobbies as dirt bike riding, working on cars and gymnastics.
She is the daughter of Colleen and Ron Provo and is sponsored by CDH, Inc.
The next contestant is Devyn Reedy of El Dorado.
“I just find it interesting,” she said of the pageant. “I have lived in El Dorado the last four years and I have wanted to do this the last four years.”
So she decided to go for it this year.
She is a freshman at Butler Community College, where she will begin her education toward being an elementary school teacher. After Butler, she plans to attend Emporia State University.
Page 3 of 3 - She has been involved in KAY, Pennies by the Inch and Relay For Life.
She is the daughter of Diane and Scott Reedy and is sponsored by Blackburn Construction.
The final contestant is Laura Haines of El Dorado.
“I thought it was a good scholarship opportunity and a lot of fun,”?she said.
She is a junior at El Dorado High School.
She has been involved with Student Council, cross county and swimming. She also has served on the El Dorado Youth Commission and been a library volunteer.
She is the daughter of Vince and Melody Haines and is sponsored by PKHLS Architecture.
The pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Forrest Park. Prior to the pageant there will be an ice cream social that begins at 6 p.m. A free community swim and the municipal pool will follow the pageant.