, Port Arthur, Texas

July 3, 2013

Deadline for Groves, Port Arthur pageants nearing

The Port Arthur News

— The deadline for several local pageants is right around the corner.

Texas Pecan Festival Pageant

The deadline for applications for the Texas Pecan Festival Queen’s Scholarship Pageant is quickly approaching.

Applications must be returned completed with registration fees by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, to the Groves Chamber of Commerce office.  No late applications will be accepted.

“Stayin’ Alive for 45” is the theme for this year’s Texas Pecan Festival to be held September 19-22. Plans are underway for the Annual Texas Pecan Festival Queen’s Scholarship Pageant. The pageant will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Port Neches-Groves High School Auditorium.

 There has been a change in the registration procedures from past years. There will no longer be an application period for participation in the pageant. Girls age 3 years to 12th grade that live in Groves may begin picking up applications at the Groves Chamber of Commerce starting Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Completed applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Each category will be limited to 15 contestants. Once the category is filled no more applications will be accepted. A new category has been added this year and categories go by grade. The categories are Petite Miss, 3yrs.- PK; Little Miss, K - 1st grade; Duchess, 2nd - 3rd grade; Countess, 4th- 5th grade; Junior Miss, 6th- 7th grade; Princess, 8th – 9th grade; Queen, 10th – 12th grade;

For further information call the Groves Chamber of Commerce at 962-3631. The Chamber office is located at 4399 Main Ave.

Miss Mexican Heritage Scholarship Pageant

The deadline to enter the Miss Mexican geritage Scholship Pageant is right around the corner.

Applications must be turned in no later than July 8, 2013.  The pageants  will take place September 14th during the Mexican Heritage Society Fiesta at the Bob Bowers Civic Center .

The Mexican Heritage Society will award four scholarships in this year's Miss Mexican Heritage Scholarship Pageant pageant.  Third runner up will receive a $150 scholarship, Second runner up will receive a $250 scholarship, and First runner up will receive a $350 scholarship and Miss Mexican Heritage will receive a $750 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 Jr. Miss division 13 to 16 yrs. of age and the Miss division 18 to 21 years of age.  The applicant must be of Mexican descent.

For applications and more information, call Jr Miss and Miss Directors, Zita Downs at 409-718-8638,or Lacey Downs at 409-749-4151. Tiny Miss and Little Miss Director, Flisha Ramirez at 409-790-1287.  Applications  will also be avaliable at the Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce.

CavOILcade Scholarship Pageant

CavOILcade Inc. is accepting nominations for princesses and duchesses. 

A princess must be a high school senior as of August 1, 2013, and must reside in Port Arthur, Port Neches, Nederland, Groves or Sabine Pass.  She must be sponsored by a civic organization or a business.

A duchess must also be a high school senior as of August 1, 2013, but she must reside outside the area.  Duchesses can be sponsored by parents, grandparents,a business or civic organization. 

The 61st celebration of the oil and petrochemical industry will begin in August with Orientation and will conclude October 12 with the parade and Queen’s Tea.  The Queen’s Scholarship Coronation will be held Saturday, October 5, when more than $6,000 in scholarships is awarded to the Queen, her court and two escorts. 

For more information or to receive a princess or duchess packet, please call the cavOILcade office at 409-983-1009, Executive Director Pam Trosclair 409-498-1793 or email the request to