The Vilonia Area Chamber of Commerce will be crowning  a new slate of royalty next month in a pageant with the hopes the winners will represent the city at  social events and in parades.

The Vilonia Royalty Pageant, which will be held March 10 at the Primary School, located on Highway 64 near Co-Part, is open to girls ages 0 to 18 and boys from birth to six years old.

"This is our fourth year for this," Jill Bonnema, the Chamber’s executive officer, said. "It’s been a positive thing for Vilonia and it helps children build confidence. A lot of our winners have gone on to win state and national pageants. This is a good first-time pageant."

The entry fee is $40. Rules and paperwork for entering can be found at www.viloniapageants.weebly.com. The deadline to register is Feb. 28.

Division kings and queens will receive crowns, trophies and sashes. No one will go home empty-handed as there will be trophies for everyone, Bonnema said. 

The younger ones will compete in the morning and check in time runs from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., with contestants taking to the stage at 9:30 a.m. The divisions include Baby Miss and Baby Mister, 0-11 months; Toddler Miss and Toddler Mister,  12-23 months;  Darling Miss and Darling Mister, 2 years; Tiny Miss and Tiny Mister, 3-4 years;  Petite Miss  and Mister Petite,  5-6 years.         

The older contestants will hit the runway in the afternoon with check in being held from noon until 1 p.m. Judging begins at 1 p.m., Bonnema said.

Those divisions include:  Little Miss, 7-8 years;  Junior Miss, 9-10 years; Pre-Teen Miss,  11-12 years; Teen Miss, 13-15 and  Miss, 16-18 years.

The Vilonia Miss Queen will receive a $250 scholarship payable to her college or trade school of choice, according to Bonnema. Also, each division will have a Crowd Favorite. As well, there will be a photogenic division.

Pre-teen, Teen and Miss will also be able to compete in sportswear divisions and they will have the chance to woo the judges over during on-stage interviews.

The appropriate wear includes pageant or Sunday dresses for girls and tuxedos or Sunday best for boys, Bonnema said.

"It’s really not all about a dress," she said. "It’s really about personality and confidence."

The admission fee is $3 per adult and $1 per student. Proceeds from the pageant go to scholarships for Vilonia seniors.