POINT PLEASANT — A new pageant, slated for this weekend at the West Virginia State Farm Museum, will benefit some of the county’s most innocent creatures — those that reside in the animal shelter.
The Miss Mason County Paws & Claws Pageant will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, for the children’s division, and at 3 p.m. for the teen and adult divisions. It will be held on the farm museum’s outdoor stage.
Directed by Katlin Lewis, proceeds from the event will be put into an account at a local veterinary clinic for the medical needs of the animals at the Mason County Animal Shelter.
Entry fee for the pageant is $40 for the children’s division through Friday, and $50 on the day of the event. Registration will be 10-10:30 a.m. There will be seven age groups including: Wee Miss (2-3 years); Tiny Miss (4-5); Little Miss (6-7); Little Mister (2-7); Young Miss (8-9); Junior Mister (8-12); and Junior Miss (10-12).
The entry fee for the teen and miss divisions is $50 through Friday and $60 Saturday. Registration is from 2-2:30 p.m. Included in this age group are Teen Miss (13-15 years); Miss (16-21), never married or pregnant; Ms. (21 and over), with or without children; and Mrs. (21 and over), must be married.
Royalty will receive crowns, sashes, trophies and gift baskets.
Lewis said contestants are also collecting items such as towels, bowls, dog and cat food, litter and litter boxes for the animal shelter. The contestant who collects the most items will receive a special community service award.
Lewis said she decided to direct the pageant because she formerly worked for a veterinarian and saw the need.
“I saw many, many shelter dogs and cats who often needed a lot of medical attention as they were either rescued or just dropped off at the shelters,” she said. “The costs of the medical expenses that a shelter has to cover is quite large, so I decided that getting the community involved would be the best way to raise some extra money for them and help out.”
For more information, contact Lewis at 304-654-6063, visit the website at missmcpcpageant.webs.com, or on Facebook at Miss Mason County Paws & Claws Pageant.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing and lives in Mason County.