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The Oktoberfest Pageant will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the Findlay Room at Alexandria’s, 132 E. Crawford St., with rehearsal held Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the same location.
Age divisions are: Wee Oktoberfest Princess, ages 4-6; Little Oktoberfest Princess, ages 7-9; Petite Oktoberfest Princess, ages 10-12; Oktoberfest Princess, ages 13-15; Oktoberfest Queen, ages 16-18.
Contestants must reside in Findlay/Hancock County geographical boundaries or attend a school within the boundaries.
Winners and two runner-ups will be selected from each division; all contestants will receive gifts. Winners of each division will be named to the Findlay/Hancock County Oktoberfest Court and will crown next year’s winners; the queen and princesses will be introduced as the reigning court at the main Oktoberfest event on Sept. 23.
The Queen age division also offers a $500 scholarship for post-secondary education or training, which this year is being donated by the First Federal Bank.
Wee, Little, and Petite contestants will model “dress up” clothing; and walk in a pattern from back to front with poses both on the entry floor and also on the stage. Princess contestants will model either a short or long “dress up” clothing using same pattern as above and answer a randomly selected question individually in 30 seconds or less on stage. Queen contestants will model using long formal wear and have up to two minutes to answer a question they will be given at rehearsal.
The pageant co-chairs, Kathy Siebenaler Wilson and Shelly Naugle Pahl, said the pageant offers opportunities for youth to get involved in the community. Past winners have participated in community events including the Halloween parade, the holiday Christmas tree lighting, and the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast.
The event has roots in the Miss Flag City pageant that was for older girls only, and the Oktoberfest Pageant was developed to offer several age groups opportunities to demonstrate their talents, poise and self-confidence, the co-chairs said.
Registration costs $20 if received by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 (first 15 contestants in each division will be accepted), and $25 if received by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. Make cash or check payable to: Hancock Historical Museum.
To register, pick up an entry form at Hancock Historical Museum or visit http://hancockhistoricalmuseum.org/oktoberfest-pageant/ and detach and complete the bottom portion of the entry form attached at the bottom of the page and mail or hand-deliver with a nonrefundable entry fee and a wallet-sized head-shot photo to: Hancock Historical Museum, Attention: Lauren Etler, 422 W. Sandusky St., Findlay 45480.
For more information or questions, call 419-722-0248 (leave a message, calls will be returned after 5 p.m.).
Carsie Blanton will kick off the 2017-2018 Live @ Armes Series at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ Roy and Marcia Armes Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m.
Blanton grew up in Virginia, left home at the age of 16, and is based in New Orleans. She has toured the United States, Europe and Australia with several of her musical heroes, including Paul Simon, The Wood Brothers, Loudon Wainwright III, John Oates, Shawn Colvin, The Weepies and Anais Mitchell. She also enjoys Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, Erykah Badu, Nick Lowe, Tom Waits, Dolly Parton and Billie Holiday.
She writes on her website that she loves songs, but not genre categorization. Her eclectic list of influences is reflected in her discography, which spans several styles of music.
Her latest record, 2016’s “So Ferocious,” is a playful indie-pop record with lyrics exploring themes of pleasure, ferocity, and female empowerment. Her 2014 album, “Not Old, Not New” contains classic jazz music; “Idiot Heart” and “Rude Remarks,” her 2012 and 2013 albums, tackle Americana and rock styles; and 2009’s “Buoy” features folk and pop.
In addition to her five full-length albums and two EPs, Blanton has gained popularity for her blog (which tackles questions of love and sexuality) and music videos (notably for Hot Night and Baby Can Dance).
The Live @ Armes Series is meant to create an intimate, jazz club atmosphere, featuring general admission theater-style seating on the main floor or general admission bistro-style tabletop seating, with four seats per table. The main floor tickets cost $25, the tabletop seats are $35 and they can be ordered by calling the Marathon Center’s box office at 419-423-2787, and visiting the box office in person at 200 W. Main Cross St. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
Customers can also visit http://marathoncenterarts.org/event/carsie-blanton/ and click on the “Buy Tickets” button underneath the Carsie Blanton photograph.
For more information, call the box office, visit the Marathon Center website or go to www.carsieblanton.com.
The American Cancer Society will present Dinner on Broadway, an urban dinner with local fare, from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 30.
The one-of-a-kind dinner will host 150 people seated at one long table stretching along Broadway Street in downtown Findlay. Guests will enjoy a meal prepared by local chefs, paired with wine selected specifically for the dish. Musical entertainment, an auction and a raffle will round out the event.
Tickets are $100 each, with proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Suzie Reineke at 567-207-7377 or email Suziereineke@gmail.com.