Eleven women will compete to see who will be the Festival of Lights Queen during the Festival of Lights Queen Pageant, at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Par-A-Dice Hotel ballroom.
Each contestant must live within the East Peoria city limits, be single and between the ages of 16 and 20. They will be judged on poise, appearance, personality and a final question.
The contestants are:
• Morgan Cowen, 16, an East Peoria Community High School sophomore. She is the daughter of Jason and Jennifer Cowen.
• Kammi Osborn, 17, an EPCHS senior. She is the daughter of Bill and Kelli Osborn.
• Jessica Greer, 16, is an EPCHS junior. She is the daughter of Christopher and Devin Boles.
• Kylei Smith, 17, an EPCHS senior. She is the daughter of Pegi Kelch.
• Kayla King, 18, a freshman at Illinois Central College. She is the daughter of Melissa King.
• Alyssa Durm, 17, a senior at EPCHS. She is the daughter of Curt and Teresa Durm.
• Rebecca Ransom, 16, a junior at EPCHS. She is the daughter of Steve and Sheila Ransom.
• Brittnay Harlow, 17, an EPCHS senior. She is the daughter of Dave and Jill Harlow.
• Claire Matheny, 17, an EPCHS senior. She is the daughter of Steve Matheny.
• Jerelyn Joos, 16, a junior at EPCHS. She is the daughter of Chad and Melissa Joos.
• Shelby Davidson, 18, an EPCHS senior. She is the daughter of Daniel and Tammy Davidson.
The queen will receive a $1,000 college scholarship and a package of prizes donated by local businesses. The first and second runners-up also receive prizes.
The queen and her court will ride on a float in the 33rd annual Festival of Lights Parade Nov. 18. The queen will also reign over all festivities for the 2017 Festival of Lights, make appearances at community events in 2018 and crown the 2018 queen.
Lunch will be served prior to the pageant. Cost is $10 per person. Tables of 10 can be reserved. Tickets will be available through Nov. 9 at EastSide Centre, 1 EastSide Drive, and East Peoria City Hall, 401 W. Washington St.