Mrs Punkin Chunkin Pageant Entry Fee - $50

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Remember to watch Punkin Chunkin tonight at 8PM on the Science Channel!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


I am posting all photos on facebook in high resolution format!!!  Please use the link to visit us on facebook and see all the photos.

Throughout the year, I will be posting photos from the event on this blog as well ;-)

Thank you again to the volunteers

As you all know, volunteers are what make this pageant possible!

Thank you again to Frank Shade, Dr. Ellie, Ja'Lexis Nunez, Angie Bell (Mrs. Delaware US), Valerie Speare (Mrs. Wilmington), my stand-in mom helpers (JoAnn Francis and April Brilliant), my mom photographer (I am so sorry - I can't remember your name - but you took the most beautiful photos - so please email me so that I can properly thank you!).

Thank you to the judges who drove from New Jersey - Dot, Mary, and Danielle!  You are the best!  I don't have the names of the two other judges (if anyone does - please email me), but thank you to them as well!!!!  Having five judges was a great way to really round out the panel. 

Thank you to visiting royalty who assisted on stage during crowning! 

Thank you to our terrific outgoing queens who assisted:
Jenna Marie Anger - Little Miss 2010
Madelynne Harrison - Junior Miss 2010
Megan Young - Teen 2010
And of course, our Mrs. Punkin Chunkin 2010, who became Mrs. Delaware US 2011 and emceed the pageant!!!
Thank you to JV Dodd Photography for offering such a terrific photo package to each of the cotestants!!

Pageant Results

Below are the results.  I had a few missing sheets from the pageant, so if you find a mistake, please email me.

I wanted to note that these results are reflective of five normal every day people giving their opinion after seeing a contestant for about sixty seconds.  In the grand scheme of life, this really is not reflective at all on anyone.  It is a mixture of shining on stage for those brief seconds and luck.  I don't want to dimish the accomplishment of the winners, but hope that all contestants keep these results in the appropriate perspective.  This pageant was meant to be a day of fun ;-)  If the results were not what you liked, come again next year, on a different day, with different judges, the results could easily be different.

Also, the judges noted that it was a tough pageant.  They really were faced with a touch decision because they liked so many of the contestants.  The ties that we had bolsters their words.

Dr. Ellie and I cannot wait for another fun year at the Chunk!!!  Join our email list and sign up early to claim your spot for next year!!!

Tiny Miss Results:

Contestants: Lainna Hano, Savannah Darrah, Marina Eaker

2nd Runner Up: Elaine Potter

1st Runner Up: Yasmin Cruz

Winner: Madison Long

Little Miss Results:

Contestants: Stephanie Brilliant, Cassidy Williams, Shelby Combs, Olivia Francis, Cate Francis, Caressa Scott

3rd Runner Up: Michaela Jean Spangler

2nd Runner Up: Brynne Whelihan and Kayla Godwin

1st Runner Up: Abigail Porter

Winner: Ave Rae Wilson

Junior Miss Results:

Contestants: Kara Hignutt, Caitlin Sekcienski, Mara Francis

3rd Runner Up: Brooke Armstrong

2nd Runner Up: Julia Godwin

1st Runner Up: Loren Carter

Winner: Sophia Martinez

Teen Results:

Contestants: Kate O’Neil, Hailey Andrews, Rachel Curry

2nd Runner Up: Isabella Sponaugle

1st Runner Up: Selena Barnett

Winner: Destiny Perini

Miss Results:

Contestants: Mary Sintetos, Theresa Sintetos, Ashli Thomas, Jilliam Jensen

2nd Runner Up: Julia Knopf and Nicole Prettyman

1st Runner Up: Karly O’Connell

Winner: Jennifer Arnold

Ms Results:

Runners-up (in no particular order): Jessica Combs, Allison Funds

Winner: Caitlin Conville

Mrs. Results:

Contestants: Stacey Sizemore and Samantha Clark

1st Runner Up: Francesca Vavala

Winner: Shannon Lewis

Monday, November 7, 2011

Congratulations to everyone that participated in the Punkin Chunkin Pageant

Congratulations to all the Punkin Chunkin Contestants!  You all did a great job yesterday.  The one comment I heard from the judges was that it was a tough competition!  They were not kidding!!!!  Those scores were very close.  I will post more in the coming days.

For now, here is a link to my photos.

Please remember to contact JV Dodd Photography if you want some professional photos!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Leaving for the Chunk

I am packing my car and leaving for the Chunk.  If you have any questions, please call me rather than email.  I can answer some emails from my iphone, but if you want to ensure a response, please call.

Rules and Pageant Details are posted.  Most of your questions should be answered here.  Also, my phone number can be found here.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Pageant Details

I have been receiving a ton of emails asking about pageant details.  I realized that these details are not readily available (they were on the top of the online entry form - but that wasn't easy for anyone to copy and keep to review - my fault!).  Can you all tell yet that  I truly am a volunteer, not a pageant director ;-)

Tiny Miss (5-6) Little Miss (7-9), Junior Miss (10-13)
Check In/Registration: 10:00AM
Pageant: 10:30AM

Miss Teen (14-17), Miss (18-24), Ms. (21+ single, divorced or widowed), Mrs. (see special rules)
Check In/Registration: 12:15 PM
Pageant: 12:45PM

For Rules, CLICK HERE to see the PDF copy of the rules.

For directions, see the link on the side of this blog.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Watch your email - Teen - Mrs Divisions

Two spots have opened up for the afternoon pageant.  I have five of you on a waiting list so far.  Two have been emailed and given the chance to enter - but they need to pay tonight, otherwise, I am going to offer the opportunity to the next person in line.

If you are offered the chance to enter, please pay as soon as possible.  I ask for quick payment because the next person in line needs an opportunity to enter if you do not.

Email Sent to all Registered Contestants

Dr. Ellie and I are so excited for this year’s pageant!!! We cannot believe that Dr. Ellie’s little idea of bringing pageantry to a festival above the Mason Dixon line would become so popular so quickly! Our goal is for every single contestant to have fun and enjoy Punkin Chunkin in a unique way!

After the pageant, we really encourage you to wear your crown and sash while walking around! I have seen people want to get photos with contestants/runners-up/queens every year because of those crowns/sashes. So please wear them and enjoy!!!!!!

Here are some final details for everyone to remember.


I read that it is a low of 40 and a high of 60. Dress appropriately according to the weather. We want everyone to have fun….and we can’t do that if we are freezing cold.

Morning Pageant

Arrival Time – 10AM

I think I returned almost every “script” email, so the only thing to do when you arrive is to check in. We will ask that the three different divisions wait backstage after check-in because the pageant does move so quickly. For the morning pageant, one chaperone can remain backstage with each contestant if your child feels more comfortable that way. Also, any parent that wishes to help keep the kids in groups is greatly appreciated ;-)

Afternoon Pageant

Arrival Time – 12:15PM

I think I returned almost every “script” email, so the only thing to do when you arrive is to check in. We will ask that the four different divisions wait backstage after check-in because the pageant does move so quickly.

How does this pageant work:

1) You arrive, check-in, and wait for the pageant to start.

2) You will be lined up before the pageant starts by pageant volunteers (Ja’Lexis, Dr. Ellie, Me, and/or some others)

3) When called to the stage, each contestant will go directly to the microphone to do her speech. After her speech, she will do her beauty walk, which consists of walking the length of the stage from one side to the other. It does not matter which side you start or end on. I suggest stopping at each side of the stage and at the center of stage. Beauty walk should be something like this:

a. LEFT SIDE OF STAGE – stop, pause while looking and SMILING at the judges / audience / family / friends; after about 3-5 seconds, slowly walk to

b. CENTER STAGE – stop, pause while looking and SMILING at the judges / audience / family / friends; after about 3-5 seconds, slowly walk to

c. RIGHT SIDE OF STAGE – stop, pause while looking and SMILING at the judges / audience / family / friends; after about 3-5 seconds, slowly exit the stage

(you can reverse the left and right side – seriously – it doesn’t matter)

4) After exiting the stage, please wait with your age division.

5) After everyone competes, any outgoing queens that attend will be interviewed on stage. Also, visiting royalty in the audience will be invited to the stage to quickly introduce themselves (if you have a pageant queen in your family, bring them along and make it an appearance!).

6) After outgoing queens and visiting royalty, awards will start. Each age division will be called to the stage for awards.

7) Please group together on the stage after receiving your awards so that we can get a good photo of each age division on the stage.

8) Please, please, please, please stay after the pageant. I would really, really, really LOVE to get photos of every single age division in their crowns/sashes with Dr. Ellie and I. Dr. Ellie and I spend a lot of our time volunteering to produce this pageant, it means a lot to us to have beautiful photographic memories.

9) Practice Time – due to the shortness of this pageant, there really isn’t time to practice on the stage beforehand. Opening ceremonies for the Chunk begin at 10AM. During those opening ceremonies, we will be checking in contestants and lining every up for competition.

10) Every contestant is judged exactly the same. We have one contestant this year that will require some extra assistance to ensure that she can effectively participate. Please be aware of this if you notice anything different.

For pageant advice, see the blog post:

2011 Punkin Chunkin Pageant Photos

To order professional photos of your favorite contestant at this year's pageant, please order a photo package from our pageant photographer:

Click Here - for the order form

Email Issue

To those of you that received an email today that seemed sort of strange, I must apologize.  I hit the wrong button on my computer and many emails were sent out mistakenly.

I am so sorry for the inconvenience.

For the future, please note that there is an email sign up on the sidebar of this blog.  From now on, I will only email those individuals who are signed up through this list.  This will ensure that I don't fill up the inbox of those that do not wish to receive messages from me ;-)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Almost time!!!

I am putting the prize bags together right now for the upcoming pageant. 
Here is a sample of prizes in the Mrs. bag:

Every contestant will win (at least) the orange contestant sash as well as the little pumpkin tiara.  Runners-up win larger tiaras.  The number of runners-up and the size of the tiara depends on the number of contestants in each age division.  Each sash is secured and ready to wear with a cute little crown tack pin!

So how many of you are excited for the Chunk???

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

What a year

The pageant is now completely full!!!  We have 25 registered contestants in both pageants!  This the first year that we completely filled both pageants!!!

Any ideas on how to make our fifth anniversary great?  Email me - I would love to hear your thoughts:

For some fun, check out this year's pageant sashes:

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pageant Attendance

All contestants that are registered in the pageant should have heard a confirmation from me by now.

If you do not think that you will able to attend the pageant for any reason, please let me know.  There are about five parents on the waiting list for the Tiny Miss / Little Miss / Junior Miss Pageants.  I would like to give those children the opportunity if someone is unable to attend.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Teen / Miss / Ms / Mrs Pageants - 2 Spots Remaining

There are now 23 registered contestants in the Teen / Miss / Ms / Mrs Divisions.  Two spots remain and due to the below special rule change, one remaining spot will go to a Mrs. Contestant.  Please email me if you are interested in entering the Mrs. Division at a special rate of $35.

I removed the paypal to ensure that I do not get too many entrants.  If you are interested in entering the Teen / Miss / Ms. / Mrs Divisions, please email me and I will hold the spot for 24 hours (giving you a chance to paypal).

SPECIAL RULE CHANGE NOTICE: The World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association has a rule of at least three machines per category.  I was just recently made aware of this rule.  All divisions, except for the Mrs category, have at least three contestants.  Thus, I am requiring the four remaining spot be held specifically for a Mrs Contestant. 

For next year, there will be a rule requiring three contestants per category for a queen title to be awarded.  Also, if any category has more than 10 contestants, I will do my absolute best to split the category into two divisions to allow for more queens and prizes to be awarded (the ability to split the category depends on the ability for crowns/sashes to arrive before the day of the pageant!).

IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM ME CONFIRMING YOUR REGISTRATION, then you are not registered.  I have now emailed every single person and confirmed that they are fully registered in the pageant.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mrs Contestants - Call for Entry

Join us for another great pageant year at the Chunk!!!  And for Mrs. Contestants - you could win something incredible:  an opportunity to compete in the Mrs. Delaware US Pageant!!!  That is right, Mrs. contestants will receive, at their election, a fully sponsored entry into the Mrs. Delaware US Pageant. 

Please read additional rules carefully.  Please be aware that we are not associated with the Mrs. Delaware US Pageant; Punkin Chunkin is merely offering to pay the entry fee so that Mrs. Punkin Chunkin can compete at the state pageant.

Wondering what it is like to be Mrs. Delaware US?  Go visit
Or, visit my blog and see what I did during my year as Mrs. Delaware US (  As a former titleholder, I can attest to the incredible opportunity provided by Crowns of Inspiration, Inc. (the company that produces Mrs. Delaware US). 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Pageant Advice I gave a parent

I gave one parent this advice over email and thought that it would be nice to share with everyone (and I added to the advice some sample speeches).  I hope that this helps everyone prepare accordingly.

1) Figure out how long it will take you to drive to the Chunk and then add at least 30 minutes in case of traffic (last year, we held the pageant on Saturday and traffic was horrific). We moved the pageant back to Sunday in hopes that traffic won’t be as bad.

2) Figure that you need an additional 45 minutes from the time you get there to park the car, walk to the entrance, pay to enter ($9 per person to enter the Chunk), and walk over the stage.

3) Register once you get to the stage – ie – tell someone that you are there ;-)

4) During the pageant, each contestant will be told when to walk onto the stage. She will first walk to the microphone and say her speech. If she is really young and gets messed up, one of the emcees will help her. We want children to have fun – not get scared. Her speech should not be more than 30 seconds; we don’t time, but we don’t have the time for everyone to do super long speeches. The judges are aware of these rules – and if their watch tells them that someone spoke for well over 30 seconds, that will be factored into the score.

a. Speech: Each contestant may use approximately 30 seconds to tell the audience their name, age, school, something about themselves, and their favorite part of Punkin Chunkin.

b. Sample Speech:
Hi, my name is Sally Smith.  I am 8 years old and attend Seaford Elementary School.  I love to play with my brother and our pets.  We have two black labs, Niki and Hailee, and one cat, Shooter, who doesn't like the dogs very much.  My mommy says that I am also really good at helping her when she volunteers to serve dinner at our church.  I carry water glasses to the tables.  I love to come to Punkin Chunkin because my mom lets me eat a lot of pumpkin sweets at the cooking contest and I get to ride some really cool rides.

Hi, my name is Marci McNair.  I am a Delaware attorney and do volunteer work for Delaware Volunteer Legal Services.  My volunteer work is in Delaware's family court representing victims of domestic violence.  As an attorney, I have great respect for our country and judicial system, and although clearly biased, I believe that we are best in the world!  I have been married for four years and my husband and I adore our two german shepherds, and we are hoping for a two legged child in the near future.  I love coming to Punkin Chunkin because, although I don't cook, I LOVE eating the food at the cooking contest!  Watching the machines chunk pumpkins is also exciting!!!!  Thank you for the opportunity to be here today and participate in this lovely pageant!

5) The beauty walk is immediately after the speech. Walk from one side of the stage to the other side (don’t really care which side you start on or end on). Stop and pose at the left, center, and right (or vice versa) and then exit the stage. Contestants should SMILE!!!!! When stopping, considering throwing a smile to the judges (ie – look at them). If you are really nervous, at each stop, count to three or four to help you slow down and give the judges an opportunity to see you on stage.

a. Beauty Walk – contestants should walk from one side of the stage to the other after she completes her speech. Contestants should stop and pose on the left side, center, and right side of the stage before exiting the stage. Beauty walk should not take more than 30 seconds.

6) Dress: wear something weather appropriate but cute. There should be at least a few photos on the blog. I always buy a black fleece and have a pumpkin rhinestone iron-on to wear (you can see a photo of Ellen and I wearing ours last year – I made one for Dr. Ellie, but her pregnant belly wouldn’t fit into it). I believe that the current Mrs. Delaware US (Angie – our emcee) is buying me an orange scarf – so she and I will be wearing rhinestone bedazzled fleeces with an orange scarf (can you tell – we have fun this!). Essentially, just look cute and don’t blow the bank because it is really not necessary.

10 Spots Remaining in the Afternoon Pageant

If you would like to enter the Teen, Miss, Ms, or Mrs Division, please do so very soon - only ten more contestants in those four divisions will be accepted (the ten contestants are spread across those divisions - so if 8 teens sign up and 2 Mrs sign up, then the pageant will be full).

Mrs Contestants - this is your opportunity to potentially win a FULL SPONSORSHIP to the Mrs. Delaware US Pageant!

Come out to participate in a great day of pageantry at Delaware's most fun weekend event - The Chunk!!!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Morning Pageant Full

At this time, we have 25 registered contestants for the Tiny Miss, Little Miss, and Junior Miss Pageant.  Sometimes, a spot will open up because someone will be unable to attend.  If that happens, I will post immediately and the spot will go to the first person who emails me and pays the entry fee.

It is a great joy to see this pageant receive such an incredible response.  Dr. Ellie started this pageant especially for young children to have a positive, light-hearted, quick, and fun pageant.  It really warms our hearts to see that so many of you share the joy of a pageant at such a terrific Delaware event!!!

Every registered contestant should have received an email confirming their entry and verifying script information.  If you have completed the online entry form, paid, and did NOT receive a confirmation email from me, please contact me via email immediately.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Age Divisions

A wonderful parent brought to my attention that I had a typo in the age division selection area of the online entry form.  The age divisions are correctly stated at the top of the form and are as follows:

Tiny Miss (5-6)
Little Miss (7-9)
Junior Miss (10-13)

Miss Teen (14-17)
Miss (18-24)
Ms. (21+ single, divorced or widowed)

Mrs (Married, Living in Delaware, 21+)
I reviewed birthdays today to ensure that everyone is properly categorized into the correct age divison.

Photos from 2010 Pageant

Enjoy some photos from last year's pageant!!!  Some are my personal photos and the better photos are from Michelle at ClickClickZoomZoom Photography. 

Remember that we have a professional photographer attending the pageant this year - so you have the opportunity to purchase some fabulous photos!!!  CLICK HERE for the order form.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Contestant Number Update

Here is an updated list of pageant contestants (these contestants completed the online registration and paid their entry fee).

Tiny Miss - 4 Contestants
Little Miss - 10 Contestants - there will be a 3rd and 4th runner up in this category due to the high numbers
Junior Miss - 8 Contestants

There are three remaining spots for this pageant.  Due to time limitations, only 25 contestants can be accepted.

Teen - 2 Contestants
Miss - 3 Contestants
Ms - 3 Contestants
Mrs - 1 Contestants

Time is slipping away!  Join us today for another great pageant year at the Chunk!!!!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pageant Numbers Update

We have twenty-one paid contestants for the morning pageant.  Four spots remain.

For the afternoon pageant, we do not have any teen contestants registered.  We only have seven contestants total in the Miss, Ms. and Mrs. pageants.

Any questions, please ask - I am usually available to speak over email or the phone.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Contestant Numbers Update

As usual, our morning pageant is filling up fast!  We have over a month before the Chunk, and there are 15 paid contestants for the morning pageant (Tiny Miss, Little Miss, and Junior Miss). 

There are ten spots remaining.  If you would like your daughter to compete, please enter now to ensure that you have a spot ;-)

As for our afternoon pageant, we only have five registered contestants.  Plenty of space for girls to join in the fun!  Moms - think of this as an opportunity to share the stage with your daughters - Enter Today in the Ms or Mrs Divisions!

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Chunk!!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Contestant Updates - Professional Photographs of Yourself at the Pageant

JV Dodd Photography will be offering a photo package to contestants who may wish to purchase a professional photo package. 

CLICK HERE to see the order form.

Please note that this is a very generous and reasonably priced photo package.  The pageant DOES NOT make a profit from these photos.  The photographer is a just a nice guy that offered to do this service for a very low cost.  There is no obligation to purchase a photo package, it is merely an offering for those that may wish to have some beautiful memories of the pageant.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Update on Contestant Numbers

So far, we have 14 contestants that have paid to enter.

To date, we do not have any paid teen, miss, or mrs contestants.  All other divisions have contestants.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Change of Plans - Mrs Competition

We are offering a Mrs. Competition for the cost of $50.

At this point, our goal is to offer the winner of the Mrs. Punkin Chunkin Pageant a fully paid entry into the Mrs. Delaware United States Pageant. This is a HUGE prize and we are very excited to offer it!!!!

Although the dotted line has not been signed yet, I trust the people involved, so I feel comfortable letting everyone know of the details for the Mrs. Division. Please read carefully below and ask me any questions.

Please review the rules at the below link to learn if you qualify for the Mrs. Punkin Chunkin Pageant!

Link to PDF of Entry Form and Rules

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Check out the Winners' Crowns for this year!!!

The crowns for the winners have arrived!!! I took some quick snapshots with my Iphone.

We are so excited to be awarding these custom designed crowns to the Tiny Miss through Ms winners this year. The Mrs Winner gets an official Mrs. United States local tiara!

Don't you want one????

Tiny Miss, Little Miss, Junior Miss Crown

Teen, Miss, Ms Crown

Sister crowns side by side


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Pageant Entry and Line-up

Please remember that a contestant is not entered into the pageant until both payment and contestant information are received. A contestant will likewise not be added to the line-up until entered. I will begin sending out confirmation emails every Monday to those that entered confirming receipt of information and payment. It is still early and there are plenty of spots available. Any questions, please email me at

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Pageant Emcees

We are so excited to have Angie Hionis-Bell (Mrs. Delaware US 2011) and Frank Shade be the pageant emcees at this year's pageant.

Since the pageant started, the current Mrs. Delaware US has always been the emcee. Frank joined in the fun during our 2nd Annual Pageant.

This year is extra special for us because the current Mrs. Delaware US (Angie Hionis-Bell) won the state crown while representing her local title - Mrs. Punkin Chunkin!!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Online Application is Here

Fill out the online application to enter this year's pageant.

For a PDF version of the application, please CLICK HERE. We prefer that you use the online application, but if you have problems, feel free to use the PDF version.

Please remember to paypal your entry fee to
Mrs Contestants, please contact Siouxzan Moore
for entry information.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Preview of Tiaras for 2011

We worked with a crown manufacturer to create custom designed crowns that will be used from now on for the winners of the Punkin Chunkin Pageants!  I am so excited to receive them and take photos of them!!!

Paperwork will be available for the pageant in a few more days.  We have age divisions for those that are 5 years to Mrs!  Girls only ;-)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

2011 Pageant

We are starting to work on details for this year's pageant!  Stay tuned!!

I am ordering custom made crowns for the winners that should be terrific (if I am able to get them!).

We are also starting a facebook group - details will be posted shortly.