Six Louisa County High School students will compete for the title of Miss Louisa on Saturday, March 9. The pageant will begin at 6 p.m. at the Louisa Arts Center, located at 212 Fredericksburg Avenue, Louisa. The doors open at 5 p.m. and admission is $5.
Each contestant will be judged on their interview prior to the pageant, stage presence and an on-stage question. The pageant will also feature a group dance choreographed and taught to the contestants by Heather Nelson, owner and instructor of Performing Arts 2000 in Louisa. Amy Meadows of Louisa and Paul Jones of Richmond will serve as the Mistress and Master of Ceremonies. April Pekary, owner of April Loves Vintage, will serve as the photographer for the evening and flowers for the winners are donated by Ye Olde Towne Flower Shoppe.
The young lady selected as Miss Louisa will represent the county at the 64th Annual Dogwood Festival. During the festival, Miss Louisa will join princesses from Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Madison, Nelson and Orange counties as they attend the week’s planned events. The grand parade will be held on Saturday, April 20, followed by the Queens’ Ball that evening where the new Dogwood Queen will be crowned. Since 2000, Louisa has had three young ladies named Miss Dogwood, Ashley Walton, Ashley O’Keefe and Delesia Watson.
The 55th Annual Miss Louisa Pageant is sponsored by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) Louisa Junior Woman’s Club. The pageant had previously been sponsored by the Louisa County Lions Club for 50 years. In 2009, both clubs came together to sponsor the pageant, and the following year the Louisa Junior Woman’s Club took over production.
The Louisa Junior Woman’s Club is a non-profit organization that has served the community of Louisa since 1955. Members work hard to raise money to give back to the community through various organizations and projects. Aside from the Miss Louisa pageant, the Louisa Junior Woman’s Club awards scholarships to two female high school students annually, donates to the Louisa Center for Families, participates in Adopt-a-Highway and Adopt-a-Family, sends boxes to soldiers overseas and donates to the Parent Teacher Associations at each county school. The Louisa Junior Woman’s Club is a member of the national GFWC and the Virginia Lee District Women’s Clubs. The Lee District’s signature project for the next two years is to rebuild the library of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School that was destroyed in the 2011 earthquake. Anyone interested in donating to the project or the Louisa Junior Woman’s Club may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.