RED OAK — The stars will shine bright Saturday, Feb. 26, for the 2011 Ms. Red Oak Pageant.

This year, the big event will feature eighth women for the first time in the pageants history, with organizers noting, “No men were brave enough to try to take the crown this year.”

The pageant is heating up as contestants from schools around Red Oak ISD are preparing to bring the crown home to their school or department. The event is a fun filled night of laughs, laughs and more laughs as dedicated staff members the Red Oak area strut their stuff. The annual fundraising event is to benefit the Project Success Drug Education Program.

This year the theme is “Red Oak Goes Hollywood.” The contestants will compete in three categories: beach wear, talent and formal wear. The contest is a fun event to promote the drug free message and all proceeds go to purchase educational anti-drug materials and scholarships for Red Oak High School seniors.

The contestants include Megan Dacy from Wooden Elementary, Joy Cook from Eastridge Elementary, Judy McCord from Red Oak Elementary, Angela Williams from Shields Elementary, Jean Sanden from Red Oak Intermediate, Amber Smith from Red Oak Junior High, Raquel Riojas from Red Oak ISD Police Department and Kim Furstenfeld from Red Oak ISD Transportation.

The contestants have been sharpening up their skills and practicing their talents, (some more than others). The staff members of each school are hard at work with their representative, trying to unseat last year’s Ms. Red Oak from Wooden Elementary Rebecca Vega. The students from each school are being urged to attend and show support for their campus representative with some campuses planning a pep rally before the event to build up school spirit for their contestant.

There will be live entertainment during intermissions and before the pageant, as well as performances some of our local school groups and much more. Pageant coordinator Kayla Mattox has done a fantastic job of planning this event and it looks to be a great night of fun to help promote a drug free message.

The pageant will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Red Oak Performing Arts Center, the tickets can be purchased at the gate. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the playing of a Hero Named George Video at 5:30 p.m. You may purchase pre-sale tickets at each campus or Red Oak ISD for $2 for students, $4 for adults. At the gate prices are $4 for students and $6 for adults. Tickets will go on sale Feb. 14.

There will be no food or drinks sold at this year’s pageant due to use of the performing arts center.

Kids under 4 and seniors 65 and older or those with a Red Oak ISD Gold Card are free. The Project Success Parents Committee is a volunteer organization that financially supports the drug education efforts of the Red Oak ISD. 

“Please come out and join in the fun,” a spokesman said.

If you need more information, you can contact Red Oak ISD Police Department at 972-617-4607.