Crown­ing mo­ment

Snow­drop & Snowflake Corona­tion Pageant set for Satur­day

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY ED­I­TOR Con­tact the writer: dprosick@re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 570628- 6002

F un is stressed, the com­pe­ti­tion is friendly and in the end, ev­ery­one is roy­alty.

The Greater Pottsville Win­ter Car­ni­val con­tin­ues with the Snow­drop& Snowflake Corona­tion Pageant at 7 p.m. Satur­day in the Robert W. W ac ht er Au­di­to­rium at Pot ts ville Area High School, 1600 ElkAve., Pottsville, Ca­role Lee, Snow­drop chair­woman, said.

Tick­ets are $ 8, and are avail­able at the door, through Mur­phy Jew­el­ers, or, prefer­ably, froma con­tes­tant, ac­cord­ing to DeirdreA. “Dee” Boris, Greater Pot ts ville Win­ter Car­ni­val As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent.

Af­ter the crown­ing of the roy­alty, fes­tiv­i­ties will con­tinue with the Snow­drop& Snowflake Ball at 9 p.m. in St. Ni­cholas Hall, Route 901, Prim­rose. Tick­ets for the ball are $ 5 at the door, Lee said.

The sight of the open­ing of the pageant is some­thing to sa­vor, said Lee, who has been men­tor­ing the Snow­drops for 18 years.

“There’s noth­ing like when the cur­tains open and the 31 girls are on­stage all dressed up. There’s noth­ing like it. If you’ve never been there be­fore, it is just so amaz­ing; they look so gor­geous. Ev­ery­one is adorable. Ev­ery­one is a princess. As far as I’m con­cerned, they’re all princesses. And when they open that cur­tain I don’t think there’s ever been a year, ever, that there hasn’t been an ‘ aaah’,” of amaze­ment fromthe crowd, she said. “And then they go right into their dance.”

Thirty- one Snow­drops and 22 Snowflakes will be vy­ing for crowns, in an al­beit friendly com­pe­ti­tion, and will be judged on four cat­e­gories: poise, per­son­al­ity, voice pro­jec­tion and ap­pear­ance, Boris said.

“Iwould never want to have to pick a win­ner from ei­ther group,” Lee said.

The cer­e­mony will be con­ducted by Shawn and TJ Fitz­patrick, this year’s masters of cer­e­monies, ac­cord­ing to Lee.

“It’s a de­light­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. The lit­tle girls are so sweet, and they each do their best.”

And de­spite only one girl be­ing crowned in the Snow­drop and Snowflake cat­e­gories, ev­ery­one is a win­ner.

“I re­ally stress with the lit­tle ones that this is all fun,” Lee said.

Af­ter the princesses are cho­sen, the Snowflakes stand achance tow in a dif­fer­ent, per­haps more flat­ter­ing, award: the Jan­ice Dun­heimer Tro­phy.

“The Jan­ice Dun­heimer Tro­phy goes to Miss Con­ge­nial­ity, who is the girl that… the girls en­joy be­ing with dur­ing their time in the Win­ter Car­ni­val, and it’s named af­ter a for­mer Win­ter Car­ni­val board mem­ber who was in charge of the Snowflakes for­many years,” Boris said.

Fol­low­ing that award, the out­go­ing princesses are each given an ac­co­lade: The Snow­drop re­ceives the Al­li­son Bari­nas Tro­phy, while the Snowflake gets the Bil­lie Payne Schol­ar­ship Award.

“That ( Bil­lie Payne Schol­ar­ship Award) will be pre­sented by Amanda Camp­bell, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Schuylkill Area Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion,” Boris said.

When all is said and done, the groups head over to St. Ni­cholas Hall for the royal ball.

“We have to get to that party af­ter­ward and dance up a storm,” Lee said. “All the girls head up to the ball af­ter the pageant is over. They don’t sit down at all. They do ev­ery dance imag­in­able. I will bet you all of them are up there” danc­ing, she said. “It’s re­ally great just to see the kids hav­ing a good time.”

Nex­tweek­end’s events are set to wrap up this year’s Greater Pottsville Win­ter Car­ni­val, and are as fol­lows:

• Queen’s Pageant, 7: 30 p. m. Feb. 3 at Pottsville Area High School

• Queen’s Ball, 9 p. m. Feb. 3 at St. Ni­cholas Hall

JAC­QUE­LINE DORMER / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Is­abelle Fanelli, Schuylkill Haven, left, and Han­nah Joyce, Pottsville, were crowned Snow­drop and Snowflake princesses, re­spec­tively, dur­ing last year’s corona­tion pageant. This year’s event will be held at 7 p. m. Satur­day at Pottsville Area High School.

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