Queen Of Lakes Pageant Applications Being Accepted

Coryn Barton (front row, seated) was crowned 2021 Queen of the Lakes. She is surrounded by (L to R): Seaquinn Bright, first runner-up; Chloe Bollinger, third runner-up; and Kai Jamora, second runner-up. Applications are being accepted now for the 2022 Queen of the Lakes Pageant. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union.

NORTH WEBSTER – The North Webster Lions Club 76th annual Mermaid Festival is rapidly approaching.

On June 25, one of the highlights of the festival is the Queen of Lakes Pageant sponsored by the North Webster Lady Lions. The pageant is open to ladies ages 15-23. With years of history, the title of Queen of Lakes is still a very prestigious achievement that includes scholarship money, according to a news release from the Lions Club.

Early bird registration fees are $130 if received no later than May 14. Entry fees received after May 14 will be $150. All registrations must be received by June 4.

The applications and rules may be printed from the North Webster Lions Club website at www.mermaid-festival.com under Applications. Additional information is available on Facebook at Queen of the Lakes Pageant. Email questions may be directed to queenofthelakes@outlook.com.

The Queen of Lakes Pageant will be held June 25 at the North Webster Community Center, located on Ind. 13 in North Webster.  Contestants must arrive by 10 a.m.

All contestants must participate in the Mermaid Festival parade to be held at 4 p.m. and then participate in the Queen of Lakes Pageant being judged on “The Great Outdoors Festival” theme wear and formal gowns at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium of the North Webster Community Center. The organizational/informational meeting for the pageant will be June 4 at 10 a.m. at Ken Strong Productions.

The Shoop Sports and Youth Foundation Inc will provide scholarship certificates totaling $5,000 that will be awarded to the Queen of Lakes and her court to be applied to their college education. The Lady Lions will provide a $100 Community Service Award and a Miss Congeniality Award.  Queen of Lakes parade prize scholarships awarded by the Shoop Sports and Youth Foundation Inc. will total $1,500.

Organizational meetings are being held now. If you are interested in helping with the planning of the 76th Annual Mermaid Festival Pageants, join the Lions Club at 10:30 a.m. April 9 at the North Webster Lion’s Den located in the Tippecanoe Township Community building located across the street from the Mermaid Festival Fair Grounds. It is two blocks west of the in-town stop light on the corner of Washington and Morton streets.