MARGATE – Saturday could be the first step toward the Miss America crown for one local woman. Some of the most talented young women in the area will vie for the titles of Miss Columbus Day and Miss Atlantic County at the double crown pageant Saturday at the Dominick A. Potena Performing Arts Center.
The Bonnie Blue Foundation coordinates the annual dual crown pageant. The women, ages 17-22 will compete in lifestyle and fitness, evening ware and talent. Both women that are crowned Saturday will have the opportunity to go on for Miss New Jersey in June in Ocean City. Miss New Jersey will go on to compete the Miss America crown in September, 2018.
Before Kaitlyn Schoeffel could have the chance to dance across the Miss America stage representing the Garden State at Boardwalk Hall last month she had earned the Miss New Jersey crown and Miss Atlantic County.
Rosanna Consalvo of the Bonnie Blue Foundation spoke about how well local title holders have fared after winning their crown as Miss Columbus Day or Miss Atlantic County. Some Miss Atlantic County title winners who have gone on to be outstanding women in the area; Kaitlyn Schoeffel who finished in the top five in the Miss America pageant. Lindsey Giannini was Miss Atlantic County in 2013 and was Miss New Jersey 2014. Lindsey Petrosh was Miss Atlantic County 2012 and Miss New Jersey the same year. Favorite local TV anchor, Michelle Dawn Mooney was Miss Atlantic County in 1995.
"This is a scholarship competition," said Consalvo. "The title holders will also receive $1000 scholarships to help with their education and many other prizes."
The 10th anniversary Miss Avalon Pageant will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at Avalon Elementary School.
The theme for this year’s Miss Columbus Day Double Crown Pageant is Havana Nights and is a tribute to Miss Columbus Day 2017, Olivia Michael. The show will feature former Miss New Jersey 2008-Ashley Fairfield, Miss New Jersey 2009-Ashley Shaffer, Miss New Jersey 2012-Lindsey Petrosh and Miss Columbus Day 2017-Olivia Michael. The Art of Gymnastics and Cheer senior competition team will entertain.
The pageant starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Dominick A. Potena Performing Arts Center in Margate. Tickets are available at the door; $20 and $10 for seniors and children. Make checks payable to the Bonnie Blue Foundation-no credit cards.
For additional information call 917-733-8105 or visit www.thebonniebluefoundation.org and follow them on Facebook.