by Jayna Smith
What used to be called “beauty” pageants are few and far between nowadays. Many of today’s pageants focus not on beauty, but on qualities and skills such as academics, public speaking, and community service. Such is the case with the upcoming Miss Eastern Maine Pageant.
The pageant originated in 2006 and welcomes girls and women from all over Maine. Each participates in an interview with a panel of judges with a resume required, much like one would have in a job interview; fashion wear, a favorite among many contestants; and gown.