On Saturday, January 7, 2023, the Young Women’s Service Club (YWSC) will be presenting the Miss Minden and Little Miss Minden pageants at the Civic Center. This scholarship competition has been a long-time tradition in Minden, and this will be their 70th year.
The morning will start with the Little Miss Minden pageant. The age categories have changed somewhat this year; they start at newborn and go to age 14. Little Miss Minden titles, unlike the Miss Minden pageant, do not require any onstage questions or outfit changes. Baby Miss Minden is for newborn to 17 months, Toddler Miss Minden is for 18 months to 3 years old, Tiny Miss Minden is for 4 to 6 year olds, Mini Miss Minden is for 7 to 9 year olds, Pre-teen Miss Minden is for 10 to 12 year olds, and Junior Miss Minden is for 13 to 14 year olds. The doors will open at 9:30 a.m. with the pageant starting at 10 a.m. The entrance fee will be $5, and children under two get in free.
That evening, the Miss Minden pageant will take place at 7 p.m., with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The entrance fee for this event will be $10, and children under two years old get in free.
There will be four different titles awarded at the Miss Minden pageant. The title of Miss Minden will go to a young lady who is between the ages of 17 and 26 and is a resident of Minden. The title of Miss Minden Outstanding Teen will go to a teen who is 13 to 17 years old and a resident of Minden.
For the Spirit of Fasching titles, the contestants must be residents of Louisiana. Miss Spirit of Fasching must be 17 to 26 years old, and Miss Spirit of Fasching Outstanding Teen must be 13 to 17 years old.
In 2022, the winners were Anna Claire Lemoine for Miss Minden, Olivia Blackwelder for Miss Minden Outstanding Teen, Courtney Patterson for Miss Spirit of Fasching, and Izzy Gray for Miss Spirit of Fasching Outstanding Teen.
Baby Miss Minden was awarded to Madilyn Crawford. Toddler Miss Minden was awarded to Kristlyn Carter. Petite Miss Minden was awarded to Tessa Adams. Little Miss Minden was awarded to Kensington Pamintuan. Pre-teen Miss Minden was awarded to Landry Edwards, and Junior Miss Minden was awarded to Isabel Sifuentez.
For more information about the pageants, check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MissMinden.