Published October 1, 2017
ADA– Three talented young ladies are set to be crowned Chickasaw Royalty during the Chickasaw Princess Pageant 6 p.m. Monday, October 2, at the Ada High School Cougar Activity Center, 1400 Stadium Dr.
Chickasaw Princess, Chickasaw Jr. Princess and Little Miss Chickasaw for 2017-2018 will be crowned during the pageant. The winning candidates will have the honor of traveling the country as ambassadors of the Chickasaw Nation for many events and functions.
Pageant participants include Aleah Underwood, Kadynce Hamilton, Olivia Worcester, Cydnee Miller and Tiffany Postoak, all of Ada.
Participants in the pageant will be judged on traditional Chickasaw dress, poise, responses to random questions and a talent performance. Past talents included singing, stomp dancing, storytelling and instrumental performances.
Reigning 2016-2017 Chickasaw Nation Princesses are: Little Miss Chickasaw Lakala Orphan, Chickasaw Jr. Princess Keilyn “Keke” Factor and Chickasaw Princess Julie Underwood, all of Ada. The outgoing royalty will be honored for their year of service during the ceremony.
Chickasaw princesses have been making appearances for many years and have played a vital role in representing the tribe. The heritage of the princesses dates back to 1963 when Ranell (James) Harry was appointed the first Chickasaw Princess.
The event is open to the public at no charge. No ticket is required.
The Chickasaw Princess Pageant is a part of the Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival, a time of reunion, fellowship and cultural renewal. A live video stream of the Chickasaw Princess Pageant will be available by clicking videos on the Chickasaw Nation website www.chickasaw.net/annualmeeting, at 6 p.m., October 2, 2017.
For more information, contact Mary Hartley, Chickasaw Princess Pageant coordinator, at (580) 310-9539 or (580) 272-7710.
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