Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Monumental Year for Uncle Sam's Parade

The Uncle Sam Parade Committee has begun to plan their 35th annual parade and celebration. And to celebrate this milestone the committee is putting together what will definitely be a memorable event. Big announcements pertaining to a world-renown musical act and other special additions for this years extravaganza will be made throughout the spring and summer. This will be one event you will not want to miss, so mark your calendars Sunday, September 12 the parade will kick off at 12 noon this year and will immediately be followed by the celebration in Knickerbacker Park.

Each year our festivities begin with the crowning of a new Miss Uncle Sam and her court. Alta Reynolds, director of the Uncle Sam Pageant, is now accepting applications from young ladies from Rensselaer County. The pageant will be held on Saturday, August 21, 10:00am, and conducted in St. Augustine's Hall located on the corner of 114th Street and 4th Avenue in Lansingburgh.

The young ladies will compete in five age categories for the honor of being selected the top of their age group. The categories are: Little Miss age 4-6; Young Miss age 7-9; Pre-Teen age 10-12; Teen Miss age 13-15; and Miss Uncle Sam age 16-18. In addition to the winner of each category, two runner-ups will be recognized as well.

Please note that to be a contestant each young lady must be a resident of Rensselaer County, never been married, and never had a child or pregnant at the time of the pageant or while serving as a member of the Miss Uncle Sam Court. The last two qualifications at first may seem absurd but there are specific reasons we mention them.

The categories include competitions based on poise, personality, and appearance. An optional Miss Photogenic category is judged on photos submitted by the contestants. Each contestant will receive a trophy for participating. While the winners will also receive crowns, banners, and trophies, and the runner-ups will receive special trophies.

Miss Uncle Sam and her court have the opportunity to serve as goodwill ambassadors throughout the year by attending parades, charity and community events, and working with children.

The current Miss Uncle Sam, Alexis Foster, and her court Miss Teen Myranda Delcostello, Little Miss Caileigh Sawyer, Young Miss Alexis Vautrin, and Pre-Teen Miss Sylvie Lemieux, have been a highly active bunch and they could have been found throughout the Greater Capital Region participating in a number of events. This group of young ladies did and outstanding job and have set the bar high for their successors. Congratulations girls on a job well done!

For brochures and more information please write to: Uncle Sam Pageant, Alta Reynolds, 8 Bank Street, Troy, NY 12180 or call Alta at 274-7294. Don't miss out on being named to the Miss Uncle Sam Court during this milestone 35th Anniversary Year!

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