The Zachary Chamber of Commerce is preparing to host the Miss Zachary Pageant and Z-Star singing competition at Zachary High School’s Performing Arts Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 23.

The reigning Miss Zachary, Katelyn Riles, will pass on her crown to one of the 2016 hopefuls at the event, which will include contestants from birth to 23.

Many awards will be given in each of the divisions, which include:

  • LITTLE MISS BABY ZACHARY: Ages birth to 10 will compete in this “no glitz” competition. Girls must wear a nice dress.

Pre-Teen Miss Zachary: Ages 11 to 13 must wear a knee-length, long formal or party dress.

Teen Miss Zachary: Ages 14 to 16 will wear a long formal or prom dress.

  • MISS ZACHARY: Ages 17 to 23 will wear a long formal or prom dress.

Baby divisions will compete from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with the older divisions competing from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Miss, Teen Miss and Pre-teen Miss winners will represent Zachary throughout the year, and winners of all divisions will appear in the annual Christmas parade as well as at other city and Chamber events.

All winners gain free entry into the Miss Baton Rouge and Baby Baton Rouge pageants.

The goals of the Miss Zachary Pageant are to provide a positive experience for girls, to promote the Zachary community and to promote involvement in community service, a news release said.

Following the pageant, interested males and females ages 11 to 23 will compete in the Z-Star singing contest. Contestants will perform one song for the judges and attendees, and the top winner will receive a cash prize.

The community is invited to both events. Tickets are $8 general admission, $5 for students and free for youth ages 5 and under. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., and the pageant begins at 10 a.m.

For details, rules and to register for both competitions, visit misszacharypageant.wordpress.com.

Deadline to enter the Z-Star competition is April 13. Deadline to enter the pageant is April 23. A $25 late fee will be added to same-day registrants.

For questions, email Pageant Director Rhonda Gerald at misszacharypageant@yahoo.com.