When the event commences on Saturday at the
Joining them are six teenage girls competing for the Miss Clinton County Outstanding Teen crown, three youngsters in the Li'l Miss Clinton County contest and one in the Junior Miss Clinton County competition.
Before the pageant kicks off, the girls are offered some preparation from the Miss Clinton County Board of Directors and Executive Director
"The month prior to the pageant we meet with the contestants for pageant training with our 10-person volunteer board," Williams said. "We'll host mock interviews and some wardrobe selections so that they are making smart choices. Some of them are still high-school students so we want to make sure they're making good decisions."
All that preparation leads up to the pivotal moment of competing in the Miss Clinton County competition, and if crowned, inevitably the Miss Iowa contest in June.
And though the pressure can be daunting, it doesn't stop newcomers from testing out the pageant waters.
"I love to see the new faces come in because it says to me that they're interested in service and volunteer efforts and self-growth," Williams said. "And the ones who weren't crowned that come back say to me that they had a positive enough experience to try it out again."
Another reason some competitors decide to come back is because of the superior scholarship opportunities that are offered through the Miss America program.
Even without placing, every Miss Clinton County contestant earns a
Other organizations within the county offer other scholarships, with the most substantial one coming from
"If the titleholder ends up going to
And on Saturday, one lucky competitor will be rewarded with that scholarship for all of her hard work. The pageant will begin at
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