As we reported earlier this week, the Lincoln County Apple Festival for 2020 has been cancelled--but the Apple Queen Pageant, sponsored by the Business & Professional Women's Club will still happen the night of August 8th!
Before the pandemic got as bad as it is now, 21 young ladies had signed up as contestants for this year's pageant. They'll compete for the title and for scholarships to further their education.
Cheryl Burgess of BPW told us "we've had to be so discreet in our rehearsals and workshops this year that I haven't really shared much about any of it even on my own social media. We have worked hard to hold small group meetings/practices and make sure the girls are social distancing and wearing masks. It's made for an interesting summer so far!
"We will hold the 2020 Miss Lincoln County Apple Queen Scholarship Pageant August 8th at the Lincoln Cultural Center. People won't be able to attend because of the pandemic, but the event will be live-streamed. We will be rolling out the announcement of how to purchase access to the virtual event early next week - that will be posted on the BPW Facebook page, the Apple Queen Pageant Facebook page as well as my personal Facebook timeline with all contestants, moms & pageant staff tagged.
"This is all very new to us, but we have a fantastic production company helping us thru the process. Tickets to view the live-stream will be $25. All of the details of how to purchase/pay will be in the announcement next week. We are giving up a lot of income by not having a full house at the Citizens Center, so we really need a lot of people to sign up for the live-stream, and this year, more than ever, the pageant needs the help of those sponsors who pay for ads in our program. The girls have been selling those, and if they've contacted your business about it, please help them out!
"This year we have 21 fantastic young ladies participating. They represent all four Lincoln County Schools high schools and Long Shoals Weslyan Academy. Rehearsals and workshops have been held abiding by all mandates and restrictions for the past several weeks...not nearly as much rehearsal as we typically do, but enough to keep the girls comfortable with understanding what is expected of them on pageant day.
"In light of the Apple Festival being cancelle--which we sort of figured was going to happen (Carole has been very diligent in keeping us up to speed with info), we have Plan B ready for the new Queen to get her out in the community in different ways. It's very disappointing, but we understand why they had to make that decision."
The Lincoln Herald will be posting several articles about the pageant, the contestants, etc. between now and August 8th.