The 73rd annual Miss Pea Ridge pageant is set for 7 p.m. Friday, June 24, in the the fine arts auditorium, Pea Ridge High School. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.
The pageant began in 1950 and was held annually in conjunction with the Pea Ridge Fair for decades. It is now held the same weekend as the Freedom Fest.
Pageants for the younger contestants -- Princess, Little Miss, Mr. and Miss Tiny Tot and Mr. and Miss Teeny Tot -- are set for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 25. Doors will open at 9:15 a.m.
Admission is $5 per person per day.
Each contestant is invited to ride in the annual parade Sunday afternoon.
The pageant and parade are sponsored by Beta Alpha.
The pageants were canceled for 2020 as a result of government restrictions imposed as a response to the covid-19 pandemic. A small pageant was held for Miss Pea Ridge in 2021.
There are 28 contestants in nine pageants this year compared to 75 entrants before the covid pandemic, according to Beta Alpha officials.
Contestants for 2022 include:
• Miss Pea Ridge
Natalie Graham, 17, daughter of Justin Graham and Don Gilbreath
A senior at Pea Ridge High School, Miss Graham is a member of PRHS Volleyball, varsity cheer and secretary of Pea Ridge HOSA. Her hobbies are cleaning and organizing, shopping, cooking and baking. She hopes to receive an associate of science degree in diagnostic medical sonography and start a career in prenatal ultrasound technology.
Her community service includes Hope distributors, Loves 'n Fishes food pantry and Shelter Shop.
Miss Graham is sponsored by Ember Mountain Coffee Company.
• Jr. Miss Pea Ridge
KayLeigh Mathis, 16, daughter of Larry and Casey Mathis
• Teen Miss Pea Ridge
Jenniffer Branham, 13, daughter of Josh and Jessica Branham
MacKenzie Chaffin, 13, daughter of Tasha David
Rylee Howell, 13, daughter of Shannon Howell and Laura Bowers
Kairi McInturff, 13, daughter of Nathan and Carrie McInturff
Savannah Young, 14, daughter of Tony and Samantha Young
• Pre-Teen Miss Pea Ridge
Presley Bilfulco-Barnett, 10, daughter of Ryan and Courtney Barnett
Macy Dyson, 11, daughter of Jason Dyson and Jessica Ward
Patience Evans, 12, daughter of David and Tanya Evans
Avery Hinton, 10, daughter of Sarah Pendergraft and Aaron Hinton
Emlyn McInturff, 11, daughter of Nathan and Carrie McInturff
• Miss Pea Ridge Princess
Briella Miles, 8, daughter of Ryan Miles and Holly Jarrell
Zyla Reyes, 8, daughter of Selvin and Yar-eli Reyes
• Little Miss Pea Ridge
Evyn Elizabeth Booth, 5, daughter of Bill and Elaine Booth
Aria Elise Butler, 7, daughter of Eli and Micki Butler
Adalie Cotton, 6, daughter of Stevie and Jeremiah Cotton
Isabella Magnuson, 7, daughter of Cody and Stephanie Magnuson
Elizabeth Sparks, 6, daughter of Mark and Ricky Sparks
Lila Sue Spivey, 6, daughter of Scott Spivey and Jenn Spivey
Lakelyn Talburt, 6, daughter of Josh and Tabitha Talburt
• Miss Tiny Tot
Evelyn Barnett, 4, daughter of Ryan and Courtney Barnett
Josie-Kate Jacobs, 5, daughter of Scott and Jenniffer Jacobs
Hadley May McBurnett, 5, daughter of Allen and Lindsay McBurnett
Khloe Reyes, 4, daughter of Selvin and Yar-eli Reyes
• Mr. Tiny Tot
Graham Shaver, 6, son of Jennifer and David Shaver
Lincoln Shaver, 5, son of David and Jennifer Shaver
• Miss Teeny Tot
Ellie Anna Arena, 4, daughter of Crystal and Shawn Arena
Isabella Trimmell, 3, daughter of Branch Trimmell
Cherokee Wootton, 3, daughter of Whitney Wootton and Charles Stanley