Three young women will compete for the title of Miss Fall Festival’s Outstanding Teen this weekend.
Free and open to the community, the program will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Zionsville United Methodist Church, 9644 Whitestown Road.
While there are fewer contestants this year, Louanne Giralte, event organizer for the Zionsville Lions Club, said they are all talented high school juniors, and the judges will have their work cut out for them.
Candidates this year are Presley Beck, Shaylee Barnes and Kate Dimmett. All three attend Zionsville Community High School, and all are members of the school’s show choir, the Royalaires.
As juniors, they are at the top of the age limit for the program, which Giralte said means they will bring maturity to the afternoon of competition in private interview, talent, lifestyle and fitness, and evening gown with an onstage question. Each participant also platform that they will promote during the pageant – and that the winner will continue to promote throughout the year.
“I tried to do everything similar to (Miss Indiana) because I want the girls to be prepared for the next step, ” Giralte said.
Giralte has been the Outstanding Teen event organizer for 8 years, and she has held workshops on talent, interview and wardrobe ahead of the competition to make sure the young women feel confident during the pageant.
“I enjoy just seeing these girls blossom over a few days,” she said. “They are an amazing, empowering group of young ladies.”
Eight princesses will join the teen candidates this year, in a non-competitive princess number.
“It’s for them to get on stage and be exposed to being in the public eye – and hopefully have fun,” Giralte said.
In addition to being an opportunity for the princesses and Outstanding Teen candidates to display their poise and talents, the program promises to be entertaining for the audiences as well.
Four former Miss Outstanding Teens – including 2019 Miss Fall Festival’s Outstanding Teen Olivia Broadwater – will be on hand and three of them will provide additional entertainment, with a few other surprise guests on hand during the evening.
The Outstanding Teen candidates will be competing for hundreds of dollars in scholarships and prizes, with the winner participating in numerous community events throughout the year. Miss Fall Festival’s Outstanding Teen also will be eligible for the Miss Indiana program, which is held in Zionsville for a week in June.