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Contestants wanted for Miss Northwest and Teen Northwest

The Miss Northwest and Miss Teen Northwest pageants are looking for more contestants to compete for this year’s crowns.

The two young women are crowned Friday, July 12, at the start of the Northwest Water Carnival activities and will then participate in the 10 days of fun — not to mention the remainder of the year-long reign.

The Miss Northwest pageant is open to women ages 17-23 from north of the Twin Cities to the Canadian border, and the western portion of the state.

“Theoretically we are a closed pageant, but we’re open to a large area,” Director Cindy Moore said.

Last year the Miss Northwest pageant added the teen portion for girls 13-16. Right now it’s simply for local recognition, but in a year or two, with success, the pageant would become affiliated with the Miss Outstanding Teen franchise.

The Miss Teen pageant is open to any girls in the surrounding area.

Moore said there are multiple benefits to participating in the pageant system. One is the ability to get information on a platform out to the public.

Each contestant will chose a platform, or cause, they support. The winner of the crown will then have the opportunity to speak about their platform to various service organizations, schools, whatever fits their platform, throughout the year.

Moore said that Miss Minnesota Siri Freeh, who was Miss Northwest 2011, has been able to take her platform on heart health to so many levels, including helping her earn an internship at the Lillehei Heart Institute at the University of Minnesota.

“It can take you so many places,” Moore said of the program.

She said Freeh has also earned more than $15,000 in scholarship money from her participation in pageants.

Other benefits include “meeting people, establishing relationships and learning more about themselves,” Moore said.

Anyone interested in the Miss Northwest or Miss Teen pageants can contact Cindy Moore at 218-334-2321 before June 21 for an application.

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