STRASBURG — Miss Strasburg Sarah Locke and Junior Miss Strasburg Marcail Clark invite everyone to the annual Miss and Junior Strasburg Pageant. This event will be held in conjunction with the annual Strasburg Hog Roast and Gnome Fest at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30 at Grace Church, adjacent to Strasburg Park. 

The junior miss competitors are Theresa Davis, Rachel Kessler and Erin Walls. This portion of the competition is open to young women who live in Strasburg or Stewardson and have completed the 6th, 7th or 8th grades. Judging criteria will include: a brief interview with the judging panel, personal introduction on stage, modeling a dress of choice, raising money through decorated cans, and a pop word. Each area of scoring is of equal weight. Each contestant has a donation can located at the Strasburg ShortStop. 

The Miss Strasburg competitors are Yessica Alvarado, Olivia Telgmann and Olivia Wilson. This portion of the competition is open to young women who live in Strasburg and have completed 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade. Judging criteria will include: selling raffle tickets, speech/introduction, interview, modeling and pop question. Raffle tickets may be purchased from the contestants or from the Strasburg Village Office or Edwards Crafts, 308 Pine St., Strasburg. Prizes include a Savor Pro Gas Grill, a Marsala Double Glider, tickets to The Little Theatre, cash prizes and more.

The winner of both pageants will receive a crown, prize pack and represent the village for one year. All proceeds go to important community projects. 

In addition to the raffle tickets, the Hog Roast and Gnome Fest committee is selling raffle tickets for your choice of a GLOCK Model 23, Gen IV, .40 caliber handgun or $500 in cash. Tickets are $10 with a limited number of tickets being sold. Note, winner of the handgun must hold a valid FOID card.

For more information about the tickets for the raffles, or the festival, call the village office at 217-644-3007. The office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or visit

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