The annual Melanoma Awareness and Prevention Program Pageant signup and competition dates have been announced by coordinator, Amber Brewer. The pageant will be held in the Performing Arts Center at Mena High School on Saturday, March 5th. This is Brewer’s third year to present the pageant, which she began to bring awareness to a cancer that she battled herself at a very young age.
“After having first hand experience with Melanoma, I established the Melanoma Awareness and Prevention Program (M.A.P.P.) to inform others about ways it could be prevented.”
The pageant has age divisions that range from 0 – 23, and include a boys category for ages 0 – 5 and also a division for any age, whether married, divorced, or has children. Queens will be awarded a fully round crown, custom satin embroidered sash, and trophy. First and second alternates will receive a tiara and trophy. Kings will receive a satin round crown, embroidered satin sash, and trophy. First and second alternates in the boys division will receive a trophy and prize bag. All girls will receive a participant tiara and boys will receive a prize bag if they do not win or place.
This year, Brewer is being joined by MHS Bearcats for a Cure Relay Team to raise money for Polk County Relay for Life. The contest is beauty only and the entry fee is $35. Contestants are encouraged to wear their Sunday best or pageant dress. Deadline to enter is February 27, 2016. Winners who are crowned queen will be invited to join Brewer for public appearances that promote M.A.P.P. and also parades. For questions, contact Brewer at 479-243-5083.