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Preliminary pageant for All American Girl Washington to be in Sunnyside

Sunnyside toddler Audrina Campos, the All American Girl first princess from last year's competition in Marysville, will host a preliminary pageant for the All American Girl Washington title in Sunnyside Saturday, Feb. 5.

All American Girl is considered a natural pageant, in that contestants compete with an emphasis on age-appropriateness in casual wear, formal wear and interview categories. Some contestants compete in a talent segment of the pageant, as well.

Campos last October competed at a preliminary pageant in Marysville. Her family asked organizers to hold a preliminary pageant in Sunnyside to provide community members in the region an opportunity to compete.

Contestants, said organizer Monica Bergin, are encouraged to wear clothing typically found on clothing racks at a department store.

"We look at this as a youth development program...someone once described the program as Girl Scouts with crowns," she said.

Her organization is a non-profit focused on promoting self-esteem and confidence in young ladies.

The program also holds fundraising events and collects donations for other organizations at the pageants.

The program in Sunnyside will be collecting donations for the Lower Valley Crisis and Support Center. Donations being sought include shampoo and other toiletries, as well as baby necessities. Items for babies can include diapers, bottles, diaper bags and toiletries for babies. Also being accepted are items such as stuffed animals, canned foods, coloring materials and books.

The preliminary pageant is a one-day event and local pageant winners may qualify for the state competition.

The Sunnyside event is the final preliminary pageant before the state competition to be held this coming April.

Contestants will be judged on natural beauty, poise, personality and public speaking. Divisions include baby miss (0-18 months), tiny miss (3-4 years old), mini miss (5-6 years old), little miss for girls 7 to 9-years-old, young miss for youngsters 10 to 12-years-old, junior teen miss for girls 13 to 15, teen miss for girls between the ages of 16 and 18, a miss division for those who are between the ages of 19 and 26 and the Ms. division for those who are 27-years-old or older.

Registration forms are available online at www.allamercangirlwa.com or via email at m_bergin@yahoo.com.

The deposit to register is $80, and the mini optionals deposit is $20. Mini optionals are categories like best hair. Contestants can also opt to compete in the talent segment for $30 and the photogenic contest for $20. An early bird special, which includes all segments of the pageant, is offered at the cost of $125. Registrations for the early bird special are due 14 days prior to the pageant. For those registering later, the cost is $150 to compete in all categories of the pageant.

For more information, contact Bergin via email at m_bergin@yahoo.com or visit the pageant website.

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