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JBLM Pageant entry due

Crown-all event held at end of November

JBLM Pageant registration is due Oct. 15. File photo

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This fall there will be a one-of-a-kind event on Joint Base Lewis-McChord when the JBLM Pageant occurs.

"To my knowledge, this is the first pageant of its kind here," said pageant planner Trisha Addison, who only arrived at JBLM with her family in April.

She'd seen some talk on social media about a general lack of pageants in the area and that the few that did exist were hard to find.

"The idea got thrown around for a pageant of this nature but no one was stepping up to do it, so I decided I would," Addison said. "This is my first pageant to direct, although my daughter has been in a few pageants, so I have friends that are directors and have gotten some input on how to run things."

The pageant, which is currently a strictly volunteer project and has no official sponsors, will take place at 11 a.m. on Nov. 29 at the McChord Community Center. All ages are permitted to compete and age groups start as young as 0-11 months for both boys and girls.

"This is a natural pageant so there is no need for the heavy makeup, tanning, fake hair or fake teeth like a glitzy pageant would require," she explained.

Participants can pick one of three themes: military, camouflage (like one would wear for hunting) or red, white and blue. Fundraising is also a part of the competition and any money raised needs to be submitted in an envelope with the contestant's name on it when you check in the day of the pageant.

"Being on a military base and having military families participate I thought it would be a good idea to have the money we raise go towards care packages for deployed soldiers," Addison stated.

She chose to donate the proceeds to Operation Gratitude, which has sent over one million care packages downrange since 2003. Whoever raises the most money will receive the largest crown, which will measure 10 inches, and fundraising can continue until the day of the pageant. Operation Gratitude also accepts donations of paracord bracelets so participants can make and turn those in for an additional $2 per bracelet towards individual totals.

"It's a crown-all event, so everyone will leave with at least a crown and a sash so that everyone goes home a winner," she said.

Registration is required; must be completed by Oct. 15; no late entries will be accepted. Registration fees are $35 for the first person and $25 for each person from the same family after that.

Registration can be done via an email to Addison (addisontrisha91@yahoo.com) or through the pageant's Facebook event page, which can be found here: www.facebook.com/events/1470062703252614/.

"My hope is that this pageant brings the community together and that everyone has fun while raising money for a good cause," Addison said. "If participation is high enough, I'd love to do it again, too."

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