The 1989 Miss Utah Pageant, following a theme of "Pageant on Parade," will get under way Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. with a fully-lit night parade along Center Street in Orem.
The parade will feature the 60 young women representing communities from throughout Utah in this year's competition.Pageant week activities will culminate June 17 at Mountain View High School, with the crowning of a new Miss Utah, who will represent the state at the Miss America Pageant.
Parade organizers are encouraging residents who live along the parade route to decorate their homes with lights. A cash prize of $50 will be given to the best-lit house.
Parade president Spencer Mack is encouraging spectators to get in the spirit of things by donning hats and buttons with lights, and glow-in-the-dark novelties or by bringing flashlights.
The parade will begin on Eighth East at Center Street and travel to State Street, rounding the City Center.
Daylong activities will be held before the parade, including hot-air balloon rides, craft booths, performances by various groups, a boutique and games. A breakfast will be sponsored by the Orem City Lions Club in the Orem City Center Park, 200 East Center, beginning at 7 a.m. Fireworks and a street dance will follow the parade.
Preliminary pageant competition will take place Wednesday through Friday, with the final competition Saturday, all at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for preliminary nights and $10 for the finale.
60 will vie for crown
Sixty young women from throughout Utah will compete for the title of Miss Utah Wednesday through Saturday at Mountain View High School in Orem. Participants range in age from 18 to 26 and include dancers, pianists, violinists, flautists, a pantomime artist and a ventriloquist. Each contestant has performed a service project also. Those projects include teaching piano to the blind, restoring vandalized road signs, working for voter registration and organizing a "friends of the library" group.