Cullman County CDC to present Miss Extraordinary

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The Cullman County Child Development Center will hold the Miss Extraordinary Springtime Pageant, a fundraiser for the school. (Cheyenne Sharp)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Child Development Center (CDC) is bringing a first-of-its-kind experience to its halls and students. The school is hosting the Miss Extraordinary Springtime Pageant, which will cater to entrants of all emotional, developmental and physical abilities. One portion of the pageant will focus solely on children in Cullman County who are developmentally disabled or delayed.

The Miss Extraordinary Springtime Extraordinary Division will begin at noon and has a minimal entry fee of $20; potential queens who are currently enrolled in the CDC will pay no fee at all.

“Thanks to some wonderful sponsors, all of the entrants that go to school at the CDC will have their fees covered,” said Pageant Organizer Michelle Johnson.

Miss Extraordinary Springtime will also have a traditional beauty pageant section beginning at 10 a.m. An entry fee of $65 guarantees a spot in the pageant and each side award. Each division’s queen will receive a monogrammed sash, a beautiful bouquet of live flowers and an exquisite crown; the first and second alternates will take home a sash, and each participant will receive a shining crown.

Two new categories of crowns will also be named at the event; each division will have a People’s Choice winner and a Charity Queen. People’s Choice will be just that: the spectators of the event are able to purchase votes for $1, nominating their favorite contestant for the accolade. The Charity Queen is a queen of necessity; the individual, contestant or spectator who brings the highest number of donations of the classrooms’ most needed items will be named Miss Extraordinary Springtime Charity Queen. The sought-after donations are sugar-free drink sticks, individually wrapped snacks and school supplies.

The pageant is one of the school’s fundraisers. With the pageant’s venue fee having been waived by Cullman Christian School, all funds will go to the CDC.

Johnson said, “Any of the money we raise is going to go straight into funding the little things that are going on at the CDC. Some of the teachers are changing rooms and will need new tables, and I know we have been trying to raise the money for a new wheelchair lift.”

The Miss Extraordinary Springtime Pageant will be held on April 20, 2024, at Cullman Christian School. Contact Cullman County CDC or Michelle Johnson at 205-601-6359 for more information, to register for the pageant or to become a sponsor.

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