Young princesses crowned |

Young princesses crowned

For best friends Hannah Pledger and Madelyn Kennedy, the Little Miss Douglas County Pageant was a chance to compete and have fun together.

The girls, both 10, danced together May 6 at the 11th annual Little Miss Douglas County Pageant, held at the Dance Workshop in Minden.

“When Hannah said she was doing it, I knew I wanted to too,” said Madelyn. “It sounded like fun.”

A total of 14 contestants competed for the titles of Tiny Miss Queen, Baby Overall High Point Queen, Baby Miss Model, Baby Miss Photogenic, Wee Miss Queen, Baby Miss Queen Petite Miss Queen, Miss Queen and Overall High Point Queen.

Hannah was crowned Little Miss Queen and Madelyn received Overall High Point Queen.

Little Miss Douglas County is a local pageant for girls up to age 17. Pageant director Lisa Prosser said the event offers an opportunity for young girls to develop confidence and grace.

“We don’t have a scholarship program, but we do some community service and the 6-and-up contestants learn interview skills, poise and learn to perform their talents solo, which they may have never done before,” said Prosser.

She said many go on to compete in the Nevada princess program, the Nevada Outstanding Teen Pageant and The Miss Douglas County Pageant, which are all affiliated with the Miss America System.

“Some of the contestants in the past have gone on to compete for several years and become so much more confident in themselves,” she said.

The 5-and-under group modeled party dresses and sang and danced to “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from the animated movie “Trolls.”

Carmelle Smokey, 4, said the pageant was about looking pretty, having confidence and having fun.

Winners of each age group received a crown, sash and gift.

The little misses, queens and princesses will participate in the Carson Valley Day Parade June 10.