, Port Arthur, Texas

April 11, 2011

Mercado Days pageant applications available

The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — Registration for the 2011 Miss Mercado Days Scholarship Pageant is under way.

The Southeast Texas Hispanic Cultural and Educational Center will award six scholarships in this year's Queen's pageant.Miss Photogenic and Miss Congeniality will each receive a $100 scholarship, 3rd runner up will receive a $250 scholarship, 2nd runner up will receive a $500 scholarship, and 1st runner up will receive a $750 scholarship and Miss Mercado Days will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Girls will be represented in four age groups; Tiny Miss Division is 5 to 8 years of age; Little Miss Division is 9 to 12 years of age; the Teen Miss division 13 years of age to Junior in High School; and the Queen's division Senior in High School to 21 years of age.  The applicant must be of Hispanic descent such as Cuban, Central American, Mexican, Puerto Rico, South American, or Spanish.

Applications must be turned in no later than April 24.  The pageants for all four categories is scheduled for Saturday May 21, 2011 at Memorial High School auditorium.  Teen & Queen pageant categories consist of interview, fashion wear, formal wear and traditional Hispanic costume.  Tiny and Little categories include fashion wear and traditional Hispanic costume.

For applications and more information, call Cassie Esqueda Guy at 409-718-2881, Cecelia Esqueda at 409-962-7448 or Tina Edmondson at 409-838-7620.