Mrs Punkin Chunkin Pageant Entry Fee - $50

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.