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JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

BURNET — Danisa Scott says there’s more to the Miss Burnet Bluebonnet Scholarship Pageant than money for college.

While the scholarships are big incentives, the pageant director said the winner also represents the Burnet Chamber of Commerce at area events throughout the year. And Miss Burnet and her court can take it upon themselves to represent the community in other ways, such as visiting sick children and attending events not sponsored by the chamber.

“We would love for Miss Burnet to do those types of things,” Scott said.

Girls attending the Burnet school district from five age groups will be crowned at the Feb. 28 pageant. The event is 6 p.m. at the Burnet High School auditorium, 1000 The Green Mile.

The categories include:

  • Miss Burnet for grades 9-12
  • Junior Miss for grades 7-8
  • Young Miss for grades 5-6
  • Little Miss for grades 3-4
  • Tiny Miss for grades K-2

Scholarship money goes to the top three finishers in the Miss Burnet contest with the winner receiving the crown and $1,500, the first alternate receiving $500 and the second alternate receiving $250.

The winners in each category will receive crowns, sashes, $25 gift cards, trophies, Bluebonnet Festival T-shirts and flower bouquets.

This year’s pageant, which is part of the annual Bluebonnet Festival, is being held earlier than past ones. Scott said festival organizers wanted to hold the pageant weeks before the festival, which is April 10-12, in the hopes that more girls would participate.

“In the past, we didn’t get as many older girls because it conflicted with prom and other spring events,” she said.

Committee members are hoping for at least 18 high school students to compete for Miss Burnet, Scott said, noting there’s usually a large group of girls in the other categories.

Applications and a $50 sponsorship fee are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 20 at the chamber office, 101 N. Pierce St. Sponsors can be an organization, a business, a civic club or an individual. An orientation meeting is 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Burnet High School cafeteria.

Go to bluebonnetfestival.org for an application or more information.

jfierro@thepicayune.com