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Canal Fest Pageant accepting applicants until July 7

You may think of pageants as a beauty competition for contestants to be judged based upon their looks, but our local Canal Fest Pageant is anything but.

At the Canal Fest Pageant, contestants are judged on their personality. The goal is to give everyone a great experience, even if they don’t get a title. The pageant teaches self-confidence and public speaking while growing new friendships.

“One of the things I love so much about the pageant is we aren’t a toddlers and tiara type, but far from it,” said Cara Porto, a member of the pageant committee. “We also pride ourselves on giving each contestant a chance to shine, while teaching them speaking skills, stage presence, and interview skills both on stage and off for the older contestants. When I competed, it was an every year tradition for me and I loved being up there. We want to continue that for years to come.”

The deadline to apply to be a contestant in the pageant is July 7. Fill out your application here: or you can fill one at the North Tonawanda Public Library.

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