The Route 66 Pageant is a friendly and low key national competition open to “anyone from 1 to 100”. Titles are awarded for 13 categories spanning every age group, such as Baby, Teen, Miss and Classic. The National Pageant was founded by Barstow born and raised Kris Watson, 11 years ago. “I started it right after the Barstow Route 66 Museum opened,” says Watson. “I wanted to find a way to support the museum and provide more exposure to Route 66 and its history.”
Traditionally the event has been held in Barstow, however this year the pageant will take place during the International Route 66 Festival in Victorville.
Winners of the national pageant represent the entire Route 66 for a year. For categories that don’t “graduate”, winners can compete in the same category again after three years. In 2008, both Britanny Wagner and her mother Candace Foster, won in their categories of Miss and Ms. Classic respectively. Winning brings lifetime opportunity to be a part of Route 66. “Once you are a title-holder, you are always a part of that family, and can always do events and be an ambassador” says Wagner.
Interested in competing? Entrants can register now. Applications are available online at www.route66pageant.com. While anyone can enter at the time of the event, categories may fill up early, so registration is recommended.