VERONA — Contestants are now being accepted for the 2014 Multi-County Maple Royalty Contest, which will take place at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, during the annual New York Maple Producers Winter Conference.
The event will be open to young people ages 12 to 24 who are interested in promoting the maple industry. They may be from any county that does not otherwise host their own maple queen or princess competition, including Oneida, Herkimer, Fulton and Montgomery counties. The competition will consist of a private interview, public speaking presentation on a topic related to maple, poise in formal attire and answering a spontaneous on stage question. A county title along with a crown and sash will be awarded to the top scoring contestant from each county represented in their respective division. Princess or prince contestants must be between ages 12 and 15 and queen or king contestants must be between ages 16 and 24. The queen and princess winners from each county will have the opportunity to advance to the New York State Maple Queen and Princess competition in Croghan in May 2014. King and prince winners do not compete at the state level, but may represent their titles locally.
An optional preparatory workshop will be offered for any potential contestant who would like to attend. This will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School and will include an overview of the program, public speaking tips and practice and mock interview sessions. To participate in the workshop, call 717-6288 no later than Dec. 13.
For additional information or to receive an application, contact Laurie Jean Britton, pageant director, at 717-6288.