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Four vie for Miss Becker County title, crown; six for Junior Miss

Contestants in the two Becker County Fair pageants will definitely show off some girl power this year. With the theme song "These Boots are Made for Walking," how could it get any better?

The Junior Miss Becker County Fair pageant is open to girls who have just completed grades 7-9. The Miss Becker County Fair pageant is open to girls who have just finished grades 10-12.

Reigning Miss Becker County Fair Lexy Okeson thoroughly enjoyed her role at last year's fair, and is excited to crown this year's queen.

"After I was crowned, I got to go to the 4-H livestock shows, pass out ribbons, sing the national anthem at the grandstand events and give awards to outstanding senior citizens," she said.

Judging of the pageant is based 30 percent on a personal interview that is conducted before the pageant, 30 percent on talent, 30 percent on evening wear and 10 percent on an onstage interview. Casual wear is substituted for evening wear in the Junior Miss pageant.

The overall winner of each pageant will receive a savings bond. The runner-up, Miss Congeniality and winners of individual categories will receive gift certificates and other prizes.

Although the rules and prizes are the same as other years, there will be one twist this year.

"This is our 15th year, so we're inviting all of the past queens to spend the night with us," says pageant director Tammy Bigger.

In the Miss Becker County category, the queen and one runner-up will be crowned. In the Junior Miss, the queen and first and second runner-ups will be awarded.

The pageant will be held at the grandstand on Wednesday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m.