Local organization Youth Enhancement and Training Initiative recently announced that ihe organization will host the first Zionsville Fall Festival Miss Outstanding Teen Pageant.

Approved by the Zionsville Town Council on March 7, the pageant will be an effort to feature young women in a competition and   the winner will receive scholarship money.

YETI Founder and town councilman Jeff Papa said that many local groups thought bringing a Miss Outstanding Teen Pageant to town would be a good idea.

“Several groups agreed we should have one because we host the state pageant,” Papa said.

Papa said after the council endorsed the idea, the YETI board of directors decided to take initiative and be the primary host for the event.

“We’re going to take our board members and volunteer list to make this happen,” Papa said.

The board will be responsible for helping to raise the necessary funds for the event, as well as the prize money for the event’s winner.

“This will also hopefully draw more people to the Fall Festival,” Papa said.

YETI is also looking for girls to participate.

Papa said in order to apply, girls must be between the ages of 13 and 17 and live in Boone County. Girls living outside of Zionsville are encouraged to apply.

Areas of judging will include a personal interview, talent, evening wear, active wear and scholastic achievement.

The pageant winner will be crowned on Saturday, Sept. 10, during the Fall Festival in Lions Park.

The winner will go on to compete for the state title of Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen during the summer of 2012. The winner of that event will compete in the national Miss Outstanding Teen competition.

Contact Jeff Papa at jeffpapa@yahoo.com for more information.

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