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A Princess For a Day: Local Pageant Queen Hosting ‘Royal Beauty Shop’ for Kids in Cranberry

Amanda Pope, the reigning Miss Cranberry Township International, will give mini-makeovers and share her pageant experiences with the area's little princesses.

Amanda Pope, the reigning Miss Cranberry Township International, loves all things pageant related—and not just because of the sparkly dresses and crowns.

“I’ve been competing in pageants for four years,” she said. “What I like best is the opportunities I get to meet so many people in the area and volunteer for so many different organizations.”

But to get to her next competition, this beauty queen needs a little help.

To raise the funds needed to compete in the Miss Pennsylvania International pageant, which takes place March 23 in Altoona, Pope, 24, created the “Princess For a Day” event to share her pageant experience with the area’s little ones.

“I wanted to have an opportunity for girls in the Cranberry Township area to experience what it’s like being a title holder,” Pope said.

Featuring a “Royal Beauty Shop,” the event for girls ages 3 to 12 will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Cranberry Township Municipal Center on Rochester Road.

Besides Pope, a number of pageant titleholders from across Pennsylvania and Ohio will be there to dole out fashion and beauty tips to the girls. The participants also are invited to wear their best dresses or princess costumes to the event.

“I am so excited about it,” said Pope, who teaches at the Stepping Stones childcare center inside the Evans City Elementary School.

For the cost of $15 per person, the participants will receive:

  • The Royal Beauty Shop:includes hair/make up/nails
  • A princess tiara
  • A group photo shoot with pageant titleholders
  • Miss America local titleholder autographs
  • A "Princess Parade" around the municipal building to model their new looks.

The event also will feature a basket raffles and a silent auction. Panera Bread is providing mini-bagels, cookies and refreshments for the event.

Princess for a Day is limited to 100 participants. Tickets will be sold at the door on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, email Pope at MissCranberryTwp@gmail.com

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