Little ones compete in 15th "Miss and Mister" Rodeo Pageant Saturday

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE)- The 15th annual "Little Miss and Mister" Rodeo Pageant brought several excited contestants to the Pineywoods Academy Auditorium in Lufkin.

They may be too young to walk, but these little cowgirls are already well on their way down the pageantry trail.

"It builds stage presence. We want them to have fun. Obviously, they get a horse trophy and so it's very cute," said Pageant Director Kathryne Williams.

Boys and Girls, nine and under, including babies competed in different categories: overall beauty, western wear, talent and photogenic.

"It's a lot of fun. She actually does enjoy it. She likes being in front of people and she get's happy on the stage," said pageant mom Kristen Pullen.

Parents say this pageant isn't so much about the competition.

"It's not all the glitz and glam quite as much," said pageant mom Kristi Mooney.

"I like it because it's local and there are other local children, and it's good for our community," said Pullen.

For some, it's a dream come true.

"It's so much fun to be out there," said Favanna, 5.

"My sister, she used to be in pageants when she was little and I've been wanting to be in pageants a lot," said 9-year-old Alexandria Morris.

Babies make it harder to tell. Parents understand smiles can quickly turn to tears, but say it's just a chance to try something new.

"I just want to involve her in a lot of things while she's little," said Pullen.

Fear often turns into excitement.

"At first I was scared but now I'm not," said Morris.

For these little rodeo beauties, it's all about building confidence in style.

While all 25 contestants left with a trophy, the title winners will be introduced at the Angelina Benefit Rodeo in April where they'll perform their talents and participate in a parade.

A percentage of the pageant proceeds will also benefit the rodeo.

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