2015 Coshocton Canal Royalty contestants needed

| August 31, 2015

COSHOCTON – The Coshocton Royalty Advisory Committee is seeking contestants for its junior queen, princess and queen competitions.

The committee is pleased to be able to offer the 2015 Canal Queen $500 in scholarship money as part of her awards package. Applications are available at www.coshoctoncanalroyalty.com, Wilson’s Furniture at 230 Main St. and the Coshocton Visitor’s Bureau at 432 N Whitewoman St. If you have any questions regarding the application, contact Jacque Wagner at 740-502-1525.

Junior queen candidates must reside in Coshocton County or attend a Coshocton County school and must be in kindergarten as of September 2015 and up through age 8 as of Nov. 1, 2015. The entry fee is $10 and applications are due by Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.

Princess candidates must be a female resident of Coshocton County or attend a Coshocton County school and must be age 9 through eighth grade as of Nov. 1, 2015. The entry fee is $30 and applications are due by Friday, Sept. 4, 2015.

Queen candidates must be a female resident of Coshocton County or attend a Coshocton County school and must be age 14 and a freshman in high school thru age 18 and not more than a freshman in college as of Nov. 1, 2015, with a maximum of five years of competing. The entry fee is $30 and applications are due by Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. An orientation meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015.

Junior queen candidates will be asked questions on-stage during the competition. She will also be judged on personality and overall appearance.

The princess and queen candidates will participate in community fundraisers, tour of Roscoe Village to learn about our canal heritage, and Princess Tea. Candidates will compose an essay based on the selected topic. She will also prepare a speech, which will be given on stage, about her costume. All candidates for junior queen, princess and queen are required to wear standard dress of the Canal Era.

“I have had the best time of my life representing Coshocton,” said 2014-2015 Coshocton Canal Festival Princess Sophia Meiser. “We have so many cool things to tell people from other cities about because there are things to do in Coshocton any time of year. Of course we talk about things related to the canal era, but we also get to tell people about the hot air balloons, fireworks, fall foliage tour, the fair, candlelighting and much more. It’s an important job because I may be someone’s first impression of Coshocton.”

The contest for the new royalty will be held Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 at the Triple Locks Theater. The junior queen competition will begin at 2 p.m. with the princess and queen competitions following. The crowning of the 2015 Coshocton Canal Royalty will then be held during the Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Businesses or individuals interested in supporting the royalty contests and related events may donate at www.coshoctoncanalroyalty.com. If you would like to sponsor a specific trophy or related event, contact Wagner at 740-502-1525. The Coshocton Royalty Advisory Committee is a recognized 501(c)4.

Meiser is glad to see these contests continue and encourages people to participate.

“It’s important for the royalty to continue because it does so many good things for the girls in it,” she said. “Many people my age are afraid to speak in public, but not me because the Canal contests have had me doing it since I was really little. Also, I want to see the royalty keep going so kids who aren’t even born yet can have an experience like mine. My mom was Canal Princess and Canal Queen and my sister was junior queen and princess. She and I both want to run for queen someday and we also hope that it will be around so our little girls can do the same thing in the future.”

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