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Megan Parsons, nine, won the Lil Miss Winterfest Pageant earlier this year. She’ll be a contestant in the Junior Miss Newfoundland and Labrador Pageant in Carbonear in September. - Stephen Roberts photo
Megan Parsons, nine, won the Lil Miss Winterfest Pageant earlier this year. She’ll be a contestant in the Junior Miss Newfoundland and Labrador Pageant in Carbonear in September. - Stephen Roberts

Heading to the pageant

ST. ANTHONY, N.L. — Megan Parsons of St. Anthony won’t celebrate her 10th birthday until Aug. 21.

However, the articulate young lady will have no problem expressing herself when she walks across the stage as a contestant in the Junior Miss Newfoundland and Labrador Pageant in Carbonear in September.

Megan was crowned Lil’ Miss Winterfest during Winterfest in St. Anthony in March.

“I entered (the pageant) to have a lot of fun with my friends,” she said. “It was just amazing.”

Megan and her family live in Goose Cove. She enjoys spending time with her grandparents in Flower’s Cove, she said, and loves riding on snowmobile and ATV.

From Girl Guides to swimming; cod fishing to figure skating; singing to dancing, Megan never has trouble finding something interesting to do.

“I learn dances and then I teach them to other children. And I love to sing,” she said. “And we have a new puppy, Princess, I love playing with her, too.”

Megan also has an 18-year-old cat named Shadow.

She volunteers in the community at such events as the garden party.

Megan will be going to Grade 5 at White Hills Academy in St. Anthony in September.

Her mother, Sheila Lake, is proud of her daughter and her accomplishments.

“Megan does wonderful in school,” she said. “There’s never a complaint from her teachers, always a compliment.”

Preparations

As she prepares for the pageant, Megan will need to bring several different outfits including casual attire, a formal dress, interview attire, and an outfit for the talent portion of the pageant — Megan will likely highlight her dancing talents.

While some participants have sponsors, Megan said she doesn’t yet but would like to have one.

Megan will be hosting a fundraiser – not for herself but to support the Shriners organization. She hasn’t set a date yet, she said, but would like people in the area to know it’s something she’ll be doing.

When asked what she’d like to accomplish as a Junior Miss Newfoundland and Labrador Pageant contestant, Megan said she believes it will be an amazing experience.

“And I’m sure I’ll meet a lot of new friends,” she said.

For more information on the pageant visit www.tcpageants.com.

About the pageant

The Junior Miss Newfoundland and Labrador Pageant is run by Trinity-Conception (TC) Pageants and is the sister pageant of the Miss Teen Trinity-Conception Pageant.

The junior component of the pageant was started in 2017 with Melissa George of Winterton taking the crown.

The pageant takes place Sept. 14-16 at Carbonear’s Princess Sheila NaGeira Theatre.

According to the pageant’s website, the event is not a beauty pageant, rather the judges’ focus on the young participants’ intelligence, academics, leadership abilities, volunteer efforts and community involvement.

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