CherryVale Mall will host the Sunburst USA Beauty and Baby Pageant on Saturday, July 24, beginning at 11 a.m. at Sears Grand Court area. Entries are being accepted now for the pageant, with forms available at CherryVale Malls Customer Service Center or online at www.pageantinfo.com. Winners of the CherryVale pageant will go to the state finals to represent their county in May 2005.
The baby pageant is open to boys and girls ranging in age from infants up to 3 years. The baby contest is composed of three age categories: Baby (newborn to 1 year of age); Tiny (1-year-old); and Little (2 to 3 years of age). A King and Queen will be chosen in each age group. They will receive a crown, trophy, banner and their $200 entry fee paid to the state pageant. Runners-up in each group will receive a trophy.
The Sunburst Beauty Pageant is open to young girls and women, from 4 years of age up to 27 years. The age groups are as follows: Peewee, 4-6 years; Little Miss, 7-10 years; Pre-Teen, 11-13 years; Teen, 14-17 years; and Miss, 18-27 years. A Queen will be chosen in each age group and will receive a crown, trophy, banner, and their $200 entry fee paid to the state pageant. Runners-up will receive a trophy.
Sunburst USA is celebrating its 26th year of producing pageants, with pageants held in 43 states and Canada. More than $3 million in prizes and awards will be bestowed to contestants during the year, with each entrant receiving a trophy.
CherryVale Mall is at the corner of Perryville Road and Harrison Avenue, near I-90, I-39 and U.S. 20 Bypass in Rockford. CherryVale Mall is now undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation, with completion slated for November 2004. Updated floor and ceiling treatments, upgraded lighting, a new elevator and escalator, soft seating areas and a family restroom are some of the elements being added to transform the 30-year-old center.