Young women with pioneer ancestry are invited to compete in the Days of '47 royalty pageant. Single women ages 18-25 who have an ancestor who entered the Salt Lake Valley before the transcontinental railroad was completed on May 10, 1869, are eligible to participate in the pageant.

Applications may be picked up at the Pioneer Memorial Museum, 300 N. Main, or call 538-1050 to have an application mailed. The application deadline is May 4.

The royalty will be involved in all Days of '47 activities during the coming year, including riding in the annual Days of '47 parade.

The pageant "helps build self-esteem in young women and honors those great pioneers who helped settle Salt Lake City," says Mary Johnson, president of the International Daughters of Utah Pioneers, which sponsors the event.