Queen to be chosen via photo contest


2016 Dairy Festival Queen Alaina Marie Finn waves from her float in the Dairy Festival Parade; runner-ups Lilly Claire Bridges and Samantha Collis ride with her and smile and greet parade watchers.

For the first time in 60 years, there will be no Dairy Festival Queen beauty pageant this year.

Instead, the Pilot Club of Eatonton will have a “Photogenic Contest” to select its queen of the 2017 festival.

“We feel like this will give more girls an opportunity to enter and be involved in the fun,” Glenda Ridley said.

Candidates for queen will be judged through photographs of them and on their written responses to specific questions.


Contestants must be high school students who reside in, or attend high school in, Putnam County. Contestants must never have been married nor have children. Contestants must submit photographs and written response to three questions.

How to enter

Contestants may submit up to three photographs. The pictures must be 5x7 inches at minimum, and must have been taken within the last six months. The image should be from the shoulders up. No swimsuit photographs are allowed.

Photos do not have to be taken by a professional photographer. However, if pictures are by a professional, you must also submit a copyright release from that photographer.

The selection

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges utilizing criteria based on the photographic images and responses to a question in the application. Judges will be from outside the county. The judges will meet at an arranged time and place to view and vote on the applicants.

Prizes and awards

The finalists and their parents will be invited to a dinner event on May 2. The winners will be announced at that time.

The queen will receive $1,000 cash and a crown. First runner-up wins $100, second runner-up gets $75, and third runner-up receives $50.

All winners will receive a trophy and gifts from local businesses.


Applications will be available at Putnam County High School from Ashley Holland; at Gatewood Schools from Libby Haley; or at the Eatonton-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce in the Plaza Arts Center, 305 N. Madison Avenue, Eatonton.

Applications, photographs and entry fee must be turned in to these same locations on or before Wednesday, April 19. The entry fee is $40. The check should be made out to Pilot Club of Eatonton.

For more information, contact Glenda Ridley at glendaridley@bellsouth.net or 706-473-0763.

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