Miss Phenix City Princess Pageant
Event set for April 23 at 5 p.m. ET

By Tyania Freeney

Shine those tiaras and put on those pearls, ladies! It’s time for Phenix City’s Princess Pageant, an annual event that is always a fun time for everyone involved. The Phenix City Princess Pageant is a pageant for all little ladies from the ages of 0-12. The pageant is an important tradition, as it has been a part of the community for 20 years. Over the years, the pageant has maintained a positive reputation and showed that competing can be a positive experience for young girls. 

“It teaches the girls to have confidence,” said Carol Kubik, Miss Phenix City Princess Pageant director. “They are able to find their personality and show it. This pageant serves as a starting point for many of the girls who go on to compete for Miss Phenix City and later for Miss Alabama. The pageant fosters community and family tradition. There are generations that get involved in this. Mothers who were a part of it raise their daughters in it. We have a lot of girls who grow up in the pageant.”

The purpose of the event is to help raise money for the Miss Phenix City Scholarship Pageant, which Gina Harper directs. In the past, money raised from the Miss Phenix City Princess Pageant has always gone to the Phenix City Pageant and used to award winners with educational scholarships. Director Carole Kubik said that it will be no different this year. What will be different, however, is possibly the turnout of contestants. 

“In the past, we have had between 30 and 50 contestants in the Princess Pageant,” Kubik said. “This year we are doing something different and opening it up to girls who live outside of Phenix City. We always have girls wanting to compete that live in Columbus and Fort Benning, but we’ve always had a restriction that only allows girls who live in Phenix City to compete. But this year we said, ‘Why not?’” 

Because of the lifted residency requirement, the pageant is expected to have a larger turnout of contestants than ever before, which could help the committee raise more money for the Miss Phenix City Pageant. 

Contestants will be placed in age categories and will only compete against those in their age groups to allow for plenty of winners. Some of the categories include best smile, most photogenic, best dressed, and best personality. There will be prizes awarded to winners from each age group in each category. The pageant entry fee is $35 per child. To enter, potential contestants must also fill out all required paperwork, which can be found on the www.missphenixcity.org Web site. Applications are by April 13. Every contestant will receive a participation trophy and winners will receive a trophy and crown.

The pageant will be held on April 23 at Golden Acres Baptist Church beginning at 5 p.m. Admission is $10 per person, $5 for ages 3-11 and free for children under 2.