Application period opens for Miss McHenry County

Entries are being taken for the 2014 Miss McHenry County Queen Pageant.

Young women and teens ages 16 to 21 are eligible and can learn more by visiting www.mchenrycountyfair.com or contacting Marisa Merkel at marisamerkel@yahoo.com or 815-347-5947.

Contestants must be U.S. citizens and reside in McHenry County. They must be single and never married, divorced or had a marriage annulled.

The queen receives a $2,000 scholarship. First runner-up receives a $750 scholarship and second runner-up receives a $250 scholarship.

The first 20 applications submitted will be accepted. Contestants must secure a community organization, business or service organization as a sponsor. The $125 entry fee is due on or before June 11.

All practices will be Thursday evenings, with the first meeting held Thursday, June 18.

The winner is crowned Miss McHenry County and serves as an ambassador during the McHenry County Fair, which runs July 30 through Aug. 3. The pageant is held July 30 at 7 p.m.

– Shawn Shinneman