Holiday of Hope Pageant slated Saturday

Jan. 25, 2013 @ 12:01 AM

The Mountain Press Relay For Life team will hold its Holiday of Hope pageant starting at 10 a.m. Saturday — ice, snow or shine — at the Sevierville Civic Center. Proceeds from the pageant will go to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Sevier County.

If the pageant has to be called off due to power outage, contestants will be notified by phone and can also check the event’s Facebook page,

The pageant was open to girls and women from birth to age 25, with a special category for cancer survivors 25 and older.

“That is our favorite category,” said Gail Crutchfield, who along with Tammy McGaha organizes the pageant each year. “It’s great to see those women celebrating another year of winning the battle against cancer.

“We anticipate having around seven cancer survivors in all in the pageant, five in the age group for women 25 and older and two in the Miss category for ages 16-25,” Crutchfield said. “I appreciate these young women and ladies who take the time to participate in the pageant and give us a visual on why we Relay.”

All contestants of the pageant this year were given the opportunity to enter the pageant in honor or in memory of someone they know who has been affected by cancer. Those names and in some cases relationships with the contestants will be announced as the contestants walk across the stage.

“I think that will be very moving,” McGaha said of connecting contestants with the reason behind the fundraiser.

Along with naming winners in each age category and two Surpreme winners from combined categories, a special award will be presented to Kirsten Trevathan of Corryton, who once again won the title of Ambassador of Hope. The Ambassador of Hope title is awarded to the one contestant who raises the most money for advertisements in the pageant program. Kirsten brought in almost $400 in sponsorships through the Ambassador of Hope contest.

Sponsors for the pageant include Hartstrings Children’s Clothing in Tanger Five Oaks in Sevierville, Tennessee State Bank and Thomas Photography. Hartstrings will present three fashion shows on Saturday to show off the upcoming spring fashions. Kristy Thomas of Thomas photography will be on hand to take photographs of any one person or group who would like to have a professional photograph made that day, with a donation from proceeds to be provided to Relay For Life.

Concessions will be provided by Smoky Mountain Cancer Support Group, with proceeds also going to Relay For Life.

Admission to the pageant is a $5 donation. Admission tickets can be entered in a door prize drawing for one of two family four-packs to Wilderness Resorts of the Smokies.

Additional door prize tickets can be purchased at the pageant. You do not have to be present to win.