Part 1-Miss Augusta/Miss Butler County Pageant
(Part 2 will run on Thursday)

Excitement is building for this year's Miss Augusta/Miss Butler County Pageant. The family-friendly event will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Augusta High School auditorium. Tickets are only $5 at the door.

In addition to the glitz and glamor, this year's show will feature a new runway.

The event is a preliminary to the Miss Kansas and Miss America Pageants.

There will be eight lovely young ladies competing for crowns and scholarships. Four of the contestants are highlighted in today's Gazette and four more will be featured in Thursday's Gazette.

In addition to the crowing of Miss Augusta and Miss Butler County, four Miss Augusta Princesses will be on stage; Taci Klein, Elizabeth Priddy, Makenzie Schnitker, and Mariah Schnitker.

Ashley Ulmer, of Whitewater, describes herself as "a loyal friend, unique individual, and an adventurer."

Her platform is "Different-N-Awesome (D.N.A.)"

Brianna Daily, of Rose Hill, describes herself as " an aspiring psychologist and social worker, passionate in all I do, and courageous."

Her platform is "Spreading the Awareness of Teens and Alcohol Consumption."

Chelsea Chilcott, of Derby, describes herself as "a leader, music lover,

Her platform is "Building the Circle Through Peer Mentoring."

Kaile Shrode, of Arkansas City, describes herself as "a clarinet player, singer, and a teacher."

Her platform is "Cyberbullying."

See Thursday's paper for more on the pageant and the other four contestants.

This year's pageant judges

Jacob House, retired professional dancer, Sales & Communications Manager at Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center.

Alan S. Morti, theater scenic designer, costume designer, stage manager and properties manager, has judged other pageants.

Cheno Kennedy, retired teacher, currently co-director of the Miss Grand Lake Pageant and director of Miss Grand Lake's Outstanding Teen Pageant. Has judged in several states.

Sierra Scott, TV news anchor, writer, host for radio show, was Miss Missouri in 1989, first runner-up in Ms. American Woman Pageant, serves on several boards in Wichita, has won numerous broadcast awards.