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Chamber expands pageant eligibility

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Spring Hope Chamber of Commerce President Allen Barbee announced a major and long awaited change in the residency requirements for the annual Miss Pumpkin Queen and Little Miss Pumpkin Queen pageant during the Spring Hope Board of Commissioners meeting June 3.

“Originally the requirement was that girls were required to attend Southern Nash,” Barbee said. “Two years ago we opened it up to girls who lived in the Southern Nash district, not just Southern Nash students. This year we are opening it up to all of the Southern Nash school district as well as anyone with a Spring Hope address.”

The change opens up a portion of Franklin County, including a large portion of Lake Royale, Seven Paths, and the Justice communities in Franklin County.

The deadline to register as a contestant also moved to Aug. 1 to allow for a larger window of time for registration. The pageant is held annually on the last Saturday in September. Winners are awarded a scholarship.

More information on registration guidelines will be released shortly.

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