This Saturday will mark the area’s inaugural Miss and Mister TNT Pageant. The pageant is slated to begin at 1 p.m. and will take place at the American Legion in Point Pleasant.
According to Delyssa Huffman, pageant director, she decided to create the TNT pageant as an effort to help fund the Miss Mothman Festival Pageant.
“Last year was the very first year for the Miss Mothman Festival Pageant. We had 58 girls all together and it was a huge success. This year the pageant is growing and we are crowning seven queens and two princesses,” Huffman said. “To help with the funds for this year, I decided to hold yet another pageant that would help raise money — that is how Miss and Mister TNT came about.”
She added that they selected the TNT pageant theme because that is where legend says Mothman is from. In addition, the Miss and Mister TNT pageant is specifically geared toward younger contestants ages 2-12 and features a boys division. The pageant will conclude with the crowning of five queens: Wee Miss, Tiny Miss, Little Miss, Young Miss, Junior Miss, and one king: Little Mister.
The queens will receive their entry fee paid to compete in the 2009 Miss Mothman Festival Pageant, slated for Sept. 19, and all the Miss contestants will receive $5 off their entry fee.
“We would love to have all of our TNT contestants compete for (the title of Miss Mothman Festival Queen), too,” Huffman said.
Huffman also encouraged members of the community to support the pageant.
“Everyone should come see the very first TNT queens and TNT king be crowned. Our queens will go on to compete for a Miss Mothman title ... Our contestants would love to have the town of Point Pleasant cheering them on,” she said.
Vying for the title of Wee Miss will be Skyler Higginbotham, daughter of Dustin and Jessica Higginbotham of Point Pleasant; Jazahera Moore, daughter of Heather Moore of Cheshire, Ohio; Caiden Fulks, daughter of Chris and Johnni Fulks of Gallipolis, Ohio; Emily Tackett, daughter of Calvin and Kathy Tackett of Huntington; JonnieDawn Waugh, daughter of John and Carla Waugh of Apple Grove; and Emma Marking, daughter of Michael and Andrea Markins of Hurricane.
Contestants in the Tiny Miss division will be Breawna Henry, daughter of Ronnie and Deanne Henry of Paden City; Baylie Rickard, daughter of Jeremy Rickard and Kala Fetty of Point Pleasant; Avery Richardson, daughter of Jerod and Mary Richardson of Point Pleasant; Kali Edmunds, daughter of Jeffery and Kim Edmunds of Ashton; Allyson Gillispie, daughter of Carl and Danielle Gillispie of Letart; Kortlan Bush, daughter of Andrew and Tiffany Varian of Point Pleasant; and Isabella Barton, daughter of Michael and Kary Barton of Point Pleasant.
Vying for the title of Little Miss will be Emma-Marie Tomlinson, daughter of Tim and Betty Tomlinson of Point Pleasant; Kaitlyn Gump, daughter of Marlena Gump of Pine Grove; Savanah Wroten, daughter of Scott and Erica Wroten of Point Pleasant; Kayla Clark, daughter of Rich and Lori Clark of Elizabeth; Ashley Tackett, daughter of Calvin and Kathy Tackett of Huntington; Maggie Richards, daughter of Shawn and Mindy Richards of Parkersburg; Emmie Waugh, daughter of John and Carla Waugh of Apple Grove; Anna Litchfield, daughter Jimmy and Bridgette Litchfield of Apple Grove; and Jacqueline Shaffer, daughter of Marc and Mozella Miller of St. Albans.
Contestants in the Little Mister division will be Kayden Jones, son of Harold Jr. and Jesica Jones of New Martinsville; David Gleason, son of Matilda Gleason of Point Pleasant; Jaden Reed, son of Terry and Julie Reed of Gallipolis; Isaac Voorhis, son of Jessica Kirk of New Martinsville; Drake Lanham, son of Richie and Kiley Lanham of Cross Lanes; Cameron Fulks, son of Chris and Johnni of Gallipolis; Brady Edmunds, son of Jeffery and Kim Edmunds of Ashton; and Tre Gillispie, son of Carl and Danielle Gillispie of Letart.
Vying for the title of Young Miss will be McKenna Bronosky, daughter of Julie Bronosky and the late Chris Bronosky of Point Pleasant; Breanna Tackett, daughter of Calvin and Kathy Tacket of Huntington; Kyla Lockhart, daughter of Kurt and Kimberly Lockhart of New Martinsville; Jessica Dalton, daughter of Darlene Dalton of Point Pleasant; Breezy McCoy, daughter of Cassy Roush of Point Pleasant; and Destiny Sayre, daughter of Kurt and Donita Sayre of Mason.
Contestants in the Junior Miss division will be Lexie Johnson, daughter of Kirk and Tina Johnson of Crown City, Ohio; Peyton Lovell, granddaughter of Barbara Williams of New Haven; Alisa Pinson, daughter of Phyllis Jordan of Point Pleasant; Hannah White, daughter of William and Angela White of Parkersburg; Michelle Gleason, daughter of Matilda Gleason of Point Pleasant; Ariane Wells, daughter of Cassy Roush of Point Pleasant; Shelby Rodgers, daughter of Doug and Angela Rodgers of Point Pleasant; and Michaela Cottrill, daughter of Mick and Heather Cottrill of Point Pleasant.
Admission for the pageant will be $2, with all proceeds going toward the Miss Mothman Festival Pageant.