For the first time ever young girls are invited to vie for being a Junior Stampede Princess.
It’s an idea Williams Lake Stampede director Jamie Tanis has tossed around for years.
“I heard that girls get involved with pageants at a young age in Ohio and thought it would be great here,” Tanis said Thursday.
She broached the idea with her Stampede Queen team, contests and the present Stampede Queen and Princess, and everyone loved the idea.
“The current queen and princess said they wished we had done this last year.”
Girls between the ages of six and 12 are invited to apply to be Junior Stampede Princess for a weekend.
Five winners between the ages of six and eight and five winners from the ages of nine to 12 will be crowned.
Winners will receive a keepsake tiara, banner and spend time with the 2014 Stampede Royalty and other Stampede dignitaries.
To apply contestants are asked to get paper and pen out to tell the judges in 150 words or less why they want to be picked. A photo must be submitted as well, along with the applicant’s age.
Tanis says winners must be present for Stampede activities on June 27 and 28, such as the Lions Breakfast on Friday morning, the Stampede on Friday, and various photo opportunities and the Stampede parade on Saturday.
Drop off your application at the Williams Lake Tribune by May 29 at 12 p.m. The drop box is available 24 hours a day.
Winning entries will be published in the June 13 issue of the Williams Lake Weekend Advisor and on the Tribune’s Facebook page.