Every year as October begins to descend upon Jacksonville State University the sounds of chatter and synchronized footsteps can be heard cascading from Leone Cole Auditorium as some of JSU’s best prepare for the annual Homecoming Pageant.
This year, twenty-two women and five men will be competing for the title of Homecoming Queen and King. Tuesday evening, Pitbull and Ke$ha’s “Timber” fueled the excitement as the opener to accompany this year’s theme “Ax Austin Peay” while the contestants begin to familiarize themselves with the choreography to the lumberjack-esque theme.
Rehearsal for the pageant gave each participating contestant a look at what to prepare for as well as an opportunity to get acquainted and have a little fun before getting down to business.
Vice President of the Student Senate Tyler Brown is thrilled about the event he’s been overseeing.
“It’s a tradition and a support for not only each organization, but for JSU itself.” He and Jade Wagner, who choreographed the event, will be announcing the event. Judges for the pageant consist of Jacksonville State University alumni. They will be deciding which contestants will move on to the student body’s ballots for Homecoming Week.
During this pageant, the twenty-two female contestants are narrowed down to ten, who will then be singled out to one and announced as Homecoming Queen on the football field during the pep rally amongst their peers and staff alongside the Homecoming King.
Contestant Lyndsey Bonner had many great things to say when asked about her involvement in the pageant. “This is my first time ever doing any kind of pageant at all! It’s a little nerve-wracking, but I feel like this experience is going to turn out great. I’ve had a lot of fun and already made some new friends so far.”
Hopefully as the event draws near, the warmth and acceptance of the people involved will be able to keep nerves at bay and lead to an amazing evening for everyone whether it be in a dress and heels, suited in their best, or simply sitting back and watching the fun unfold.
The pageant will be held at Leone Cole Auditorium on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. with an estimate of at least over five hundred audience members in attendance. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.