Each year candidates from all over the state of Wisconsin come to Phillips to compete for the title of Wisconsin Czech-Slovak Queen (ages 17-25). The winner of this competition represents the state of Wisconsin at the national competition in Wilber Nebraska the first weekend in August. Ladies are judged in four categories: Private interview; On stage interview, Kroj modeling (folk dress); and Talent. Cash prizes, trophies and medallions are awarded to the chosen Queen, Princess (first runner-up), Kroj winners, and Talent winners. The state pageant has served as an excellent vehicle for getting youth interested in their heritage. The weekend is filled with events which keep the candidates busy. Each candidate is assigned a “little sister” who “shadows” her during the weekend. Many lasting friendships have been formed and some little sisters still hear from their candidates after several years. See this link for more information on the National Competition.
The Pageant weekend also provides an opportunity for young girls (ages 13-17) to participate in the Royal Court. This is a non-competitive program that allows young ladies to dress up in a kroj and have the experience of being part of the Wisconsin State Queen Pageant without the normal pressure.
The little sister program is designed to allow young girls (ages 7-12) of any ethnic background, living in the local area to participate in the pageant.
Queen's Dinner ticket (at Club 13) can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce office for $16 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under.
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