The Miss Jefferson County Pageant is giving back to the community by helping young girls.
“The Miss Jefferson County Little Sisters Program is a new program that is going to run side-by-side with the Miss Jefferson County Pageant,” said Debra Linscott, one of the creative minds behind this new program.
This new program is intended to get young women who are involved with the county pageant as mentors to young girls in the community as an older sister would to her little sister. Linscott went on to say that little sisters would be selected based on an application process.
 Girls between third and fifth grade are eligible to participate. They will be paired with contestants from the Miss Jefferson County Pageant who will then serve as their mentor.
As a mentor, the contestants will work with their little sister to show them the ropes of the pageant, along with getting them involved with community service activities and act as big sisters throughout the three day pageant, held at the Jefferson County Fair this July.
Current Miss Jefferson County, Macy Ohlde, was enthusiastic about helping the program get off the ground. She was approached by Linscott, and her daughter, Adaline, about the program in August of last year.
“I hope the Little Sisters program will give young girls confidence, a sense of community and show off the Miss Jefferson County pageant for all of the positive things it does for the contestants and region,” Ohlde said.
Megann Freese, director of the Miss Jefferson County Pageant, also expressed her excitement for the program’s start. Her hopes are that the young girls involved will get a better understanding for what the pageant stands for and will be inspired to pursue becoming a contestant themselves.
“I am all about being involved with the community, and I thought this would make a great addition to the already established pageant,” she commented.
As the program’s first year in effect, the 2018 Miss Jefferson County Little Sisters will be a fresh new addition, as Freese commented, to a great pageant. The experience from the program would benefit the young girls and the contestants alike.
“I hope the contestants see how great of an impact they have on young girls in the community,” Ohlde said.
Applications were sent to the all the schools in the county and can be found at the Jefferson County Extension Office, the Fairbury Chamber of Commerce and the Fairbury Journal-News. They are due in by Friday, May 4 and assignments for the Little Sisters will be announced before the Miss Jefferson County pageant.