Candidates Sought for Prince and Princess of Hope Pageant

The 2009 Wisconsin Prince and Princess of Hope Pageant will begin with registration at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, at Lodge at Cedar Creek-Rothschild. Pageant preparation and interactive activities (face painting, cookie decorating, and so on) will begin at 11 a.m. and the pageant will begin at 3 p.m. A reception will follow the pageant.

“The pageant is designed to promote self-development, confidence and social skills. It is meant to be a day of pampering and fun,” said Devyn Gessler, 16, of Weston, former Miss Wisconsin Junior National Teenager, who is helping to facilitate this event. “It is an opportunity to encourage these children and teens to feel the same proud moment felt by all winning pageant contestants.”

The event also provides families of contestants an opportunity to share experiences and offer support to one another.

The pageant is part of a nonprofit organization called HBBQs, Inc., founded four years ago by Jena Sims of Winder, Georgia, former Miss Georgia Teen USA.

Each participant receives a crown or tiara, a certificate and his or her own title such as Best Eyes, Best Smile or Best Pose. The contestants are treated to a makeover before the pageant and also a “pageant walk and wave” lesson before they are escorted across the stage, one by one, by a pageant titleholder. The contestant’s interests and hobbies are read aloud as they take time to pose and smile for friends and family in the audience.

Registration deadline is Friday, March 27. There is no registration fee, but reservations for participation are limited. More information about the pageant is available by contacting Gessler at 920-475-2290 or via e-mail at

Click here to download the brochure/registration form.

Presenting sponsors are: Marshfield Clinic, Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital/Ministry Health Care and HBBQs, Inc.

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