THOMASVILLE -- After two aborted efforts, the Thomasville Scholarship Pageants Board has set the date of the 52nd Miss Thomasville Pageant for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005.

The pageant was canceled in July because of school starting and was delayed again in October because of a lack of participants. Entry requirements have been changed to increase involvement.

"Miss Thomasville is the oldest, continuous running pageant in Georgia," said executive director Harold Singletary. "We are very proud of this and have a great reputation throughout the state. By opening the pageant up to more girls, we hope to find more quality girls to represent us at Miss Georgia."

Miss Thomasville is a local preliminary and is open to females 17-24 (must be 17 by Jan. 8, 2005, completed high school by June 2005 and be no older than 24 on Sept. 1, 2005).

A female may also enter if she is a full-time college student at Bainbridge College, Moultrie Technical College, Thomas University, Southwest Georgia Technical College, Valdosta State University or Valdosta Technical College or she works full time in Brooks, Colquitt, Cook, Decatur, Early, Grady, Lowndes, Mitchell, Thomas or Seminole counties.

There is a limit of 10 contestants.

The Miss Southern Rose pageant will also be held that night.

It is a new open pageant and is an "at-large" preliminary open to females 17-24 (must be 17 by Jan. 8, 2005, completed high school by June 2005 and be no older than 24 on Sept. 1, 2005) who reside, attend college or work full-time in Georgia.

There is a limit of 15 contestants.

"This pageant gives the girls who have been Miss Thomasville and traveled to Miss Georgia a second chance to do so," said Singletary.

Orientation for both pageants is at 2 p.m. on Dec. 18, 2004 at All Saints Episcopal Church. Attendance is mandatory for all contestants. Spots are reserved by order of received official applications.

The Miss Thomasville youth pageants will be held on the afternoon of Jan. 8, 2005. Information about orientation will be announced at a later date.

Miss Teen Thomasville is open to contestants 13-17 (must be 13 by Jan.. 8, 2005 and no older than 17 on July 1, 2005 and have completed not more than their junior year of high school by June 2005).

Entry fee is $150. Participation is limited to 15 contestants.

Competition includes a 10-minute interview, two-minute talent, casual wear and evening wear.

Pre-Teen Miss Thomasville is open to contestants 10-12 (10 by Jan. 8, 2005 and no older than 12 on Jan. 8, 2005).

Entry fee is $100. Participation is limited to 15 contestants.

Competition includes on- stage question and dress presentation.

Junior Miss Thomasville is open to contestants 8-9 (8 by Jan. 8, 2005 and no older than 9 on Jan. 8, 2005).

Entry fee is $100. Participation is limited to 15 contestants.

Competition includes on- stage question and dress presentation.

Little Miss Thomasville is open to contestants 6-7 (6 by Jan. 8, 2005 and no older than 7 on Jan. 8, 2005).

Entry fee $75. Participation is limited to 15 contestants.

Competition includes on- stage dress presentation.

Wee Miss Thomasville is open to contestants 4-5 (4 by Jan. 8, 2005 and no older than 5 on Jan. 8, 2005).

Entry fee is $75. Participation is limited to 15 contestants.

Competition includes on- stage dress presentation.

All pageants' participants must reside in the Georgia counties of Brooks, Colquitt, Cook, Decatur, Early, Grady, Lowndes, Mitchell, Thomas or Seminole.

All pageants will be held at the Thomasville Municipal Auditorium.

For more information and all paperwork, e-mail TvillePageants@aol.com or call Harold Singletary at (229) 226-3983.

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