The 2019 Miss Fluvanna Pageant is set to take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 at the West Central Primary School in Palmyra. This year marks the 42nd pageant, which is hosted by the Fluvanna-based Three Chopt Ruritan Club.
“It’s a really great tradition,” club President Emily Payne said. She hopes to reward at least two contestants with a $1,000 college scholarship.
Girls ages 16 to 24 will take the stage in casual and evening wear, and a three-person panel of judges will ask each contestant a to-be-determined question. Judges will combine the answer with a one-on-one interview with each contestant to determine the winner.
“Miss Fluvanna will then participate in the annual Dogwood Festival in Charlottesville,” Payne said. “There, she has a chance to become Miss Dogwood.”
Payne hopes to have at least six young ladies to participate.
“By participating in the pageant, the girls will have a chance to compose themselves in a public setting,” Payne said. “That’s an important life skill to develop.”
According to Payne, all contestants will participate in several practices before the actual pageant on March 9.
Over the last couple of years, Payne said she has seen a decline in the number of contestants.
“We’ve had years where we had more than 30 girls enter the pageant,” she said. “Those days are gone. The last few years we had an average of about six girls enter the pageant.”
Busy schedules, after school activities and other priorities are among the reasons fewer girls sign up for the annual pageant, Payne said.
“Kids are just more busy these days than they were in the past.”
The Ruritan Club is an 18-member organization that strives to enhance community engagement for the greater Fluvanna area. Each year, the club organizes youth camps, delivers meals on wheels, and providing transportation to the elderly, as well as other activities.
The Three Chopt Ruritan Club is part of the Ruritan National Organization, which was founded in 1928 in Holland, Virginia.