Children in kindergarten to grade 11 in the fall of 2013 are welcome to the Backus Cornfest pageant Aug. 1. Contestants must be from Backus or Pine River.
There are four age categories: Little miss and royal guardian, kindergarten to grade two; junior prince and junior princess from grades three and four; prince and princess for grades five to seven; and Miss Backus for grades eight to 11.
The Aug. 1 kickoff at the Lakeside Baptist Church will start at 6:30 p.m. with an interview at 7 p.m. and a talent show to follow. Applicants must also make a poster of Colonel Cobber on a western adventure and be ready to tell his story.
Applicants are expected to find a business, family member or friend to sponsor them and provide a float for them to ride at the Aug. 10 Cornfest parade. They must also wear clothing matching the float theme.
The crowning will take place Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. Winners will be required to ride in a minimum of three parades during their 2013-14 reign as Backus area Cornfest royalty. Contestant applications will be accepted up until the Aug. 1 kick-off.