The Zachary Chamber of Commerce has announced it will host three events that will culminate in the Zachary Arts & Music Festival slated for April 29 through May 3 at BREC’s Zachary Community Park.
The first event, a Queens Tea, will be 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 7 at the Pointe at Americana.
Girls and teens will be served tea and refreshments while learning about beauty pageant etiquette. Girls will learn how to walk at pageants, have the opportunity to seek advice and tips from pageant coaches and judges, and meet and take photographs with reigning Zachary pageant queens.
Tickets for the Queens Tea are $5 for girls ages 3 to 17, $10 for adults, and children 2 and under will be admitted free.
Space is limited, and preregistration is required.
At the second event, Victoria Jones, the reigning Miss Zachary, will pass on her crown to one of the 2015 hopefuls at the annual Miss ZFest Pageant scheduled for April 25 at the Zachary Performing Arts Center on the Zachary High campus.
The pageant begins at 10 a.m. and is open to girls 0 to 23.
The Little Miss Baby Zachary division is for infants to girls up to age 10. This is a “no glitz” or natural pageant, and anyone wishing to participate should wear a nice dress, no gowns, according to the Zachary chamber.
The Pre-Teen Miss Zachary division is for girls and teens ages 11 to 13. Long formals or party dresses are accepted.
The Teen Miss Zachary category, for ages 14-16, and the Miss Zachary division, for 17- to 23-year-olds, requires a prom dress or long formal gown. Entrants also will need a “Sunday” dress for the interview competition, organizers said.
Everyone receiving an award at the Miss ZFest Pageant will appear in a fashion show beginning at 1:30 p.m. May 2 at ZFest.
According to the chamber, many awards will be given to contestants in the pageant.
The winners of the Miss Zachary and Miss Teen Zachary divisions will represent the community throughout 2015, and winning queens from all divisions will appear in the 2015 Zachary Christmas parade and at ZFest, as well as gain entry into the Miss Baton Rouge and Baby Baton Rouge pageants, the chamber said.
Additionally, Miss Zachary will compete at the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals’ State Pageant in February 2016.
“The mission of the Miss Zachary/ZFest Pageant is to be a positive experience for young girls, to promote the Zachary community and ZFest as well as promote involvement in community service,” said Kate MacArthur, chamber executive director.
The third event, which is new this year, is the Z-Star singing competition that has been added to the pageant itinerary on April 25, MacArthur said.
Open to males and females aged 11-23, contestants will perform one song at the pageant. The top performer of the day will receive a $100 cash prize, and the top three performers will sing at ZFest on the main stage.
The Miss Zachary/ZFest Pageant and the Z-Star events are open to the community. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $5 for students with identification, and children 5 and under are admitted free.
Zachary Performing Arts Center doors open at 9:30 a.m. on April 25.
For information or to register for these three events, visit www.zfest.us.