contestants in AmeriBration pageant

Pageant contestants, like the two girls in the photo above compete in sportswear at the AmeriBration pageant which is set for 6 p.m. on July 1 at Calvert City Civic Center on 5th Avenue in Calvert City.

AmeriBration pageant plays special role in Calvert City

(Filed June 4, 2013, Calvert City, KY)

By Chris Wilcox
The annual AmeriBration Celebration hosted by the Calvert Area Development Association is already in the works by members throughout the community.
One event of emphasized importance is the Ameribration Beauty Pageant, which will be at 6 p.m. on July 1 at the Calvert City Civic Center.

Shelly Brian, of Calvert City and member of CADA, is one of the pageants coordinators and said that this event is one of special importance to the community. She said this particular pageant was different from others because it was geared toward neighborhood girls, not pageant-trained girls. The attire required for the pageant is summer sportswear, a point that Brian wanted to emphasize.

She said that in a past pageant, a girl wore a pageant dress and she was marked low during judging because this was not an event for trained girls.

The age divisions for girls are 0-35 months, 3-5 years, 6-9 years, 10-13 years and 14-18 years old. The boys have one division for ages 0-35 months.

The winners in each division receive a crown, trophy and a $25 cash reward. The winners of each category are invited to ride in the parade on July 4 during the Ameribration Celebration.

While an entrance fee of $35 is required to enter the beauty competition, entrants may mail entries to CADA or may register at the event.

The charges for audience admission are $4 and children five and under are admitted free of charge.

The money raised at the event goes to local charities.

Brian said some years have had as many as 55 participants, and said the registration was a big stress she and the other coordinators had to deal with. “The reason I do this is because I love Calvert City,” she said. “It’s a day for all the girls to get together and be out. It’s a neighborhood girl pageant and it’s a lot of fun.”