Contestants will wear masks when they are not on the stage and remain 6 feet apart. Audience members also will wear masks or face coverings. Each girl has invited two guests to the event to be seated at tables. “That’s part of the 50 in each room,” Muirheid said. “I’ve had to really watch my numbers.”
Each group will have its own stage in various rooms of the Decatur Club. Although the pageant is not open to the public, organizers will live stream the event on its Facebook page. “We’re getting creative,” Muirheid said.
Nine queen contestants have registered for this year’s pageant, a larger number than past years.
“Everybody misses pageantry,” Muirheid said. “Nobody’s been able to have one this year.”
The winner will represent the community at various events throughout the year.
Eleven junior miss, six preteen and four princesses also will be competing. Except for the princesses, each will be judged on various categories, including formal and casual wear, interviews, on-stage speeches and interviews.
The event is considered an introduction to pageants for the princesses, ages 5 to 9 years old.
Girls from all over the state will be on stage. Hometowns include Bethalto, Davis Junction and Columbia. “They’re from everywhere,” Muirheid said.
According to the director, the contestants have a history of community service and giving back to the community.
“They deserve to be recognized,” she said.
History Photos: A look back at Decatur pageants
Waiting for their turn
37 competing to be queen
Fair queen hopefuls
Queen Debbie Conerty
Miss Decatur 1958
Miss Decatur 1959
Top of the rainbow
Rec Queen crowned
Ali Rebecca Gauss
Franci Hector Miss Recreation contest winner
Miss Decatur Recreation Deanne
Miss Decatur Recreation 1981
The final countdown
Thirty vie for queen title
Fair queen contestants
Macon County's Entry
Future Miss Illinois?
Pageant bid okayed
Needle and thread
There she is...
Miss Decatur and talent
Packs for trip
Judy Schliper wins Miss Decatur title
'61 Miss Decatur Contest
Miss Decatur 1928
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COVID-19 has been the reason for the cancellation of numerous events, including Decatur Celebration. Community groups who have depended on the event for fundraising in past years have had to come up with alternatives this year.