The Canal Days Queen Pageant continues to be one of the festival’s most anticipated events. In 1994, the Canal Days Queen Pageant was started by Christine Miller in the form that we still use today. In the 23 years since its founding, the pageant has gone through 5 directors, with its current director, Kimberly Ousley, chairing the event for over 10 years. Serving as a scholarship pageant for high school girls from either of our two local schools, Delphos Jefferson or St. John’s, the Canal Days Queen Pageant has awarded over $30,000 in scholarships to its participants in its lifetime.
Contestants compete in several areas of competition each year. They are scored on their interview skills with the judges, as well as personal introduction, sportswear, evening gown, and on stage question. In addition to all of the on-stage areas of competition, they are also awarded points for their community service and a short video they must submit. The pageant averages 10-14 contestants each year and is always held the Sunday prior to the start of the Canal Days festival.
Contestants participate in a variety of events prior to and after the festival, including local fundraisers, various Canal Days events, and Chamber Ribbon Cuttings. The girls often enjoy group bonding days, that include zoo trips, shopping, swimming, team work exercises, and spending time with our Little Princesses. They are also always happy to be invited to area events and celebrations. If you would like to invite the queen to your event, please call the Chamber Office at 419-695-1771.
Join us the Second Sunday in September to see who will be crowned your next Canal Days Queen!