RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A long-running pageant contest in Vermont has announced it is allowing boys to compete for the first time.
The Rutland Herald reports Rutland County’s annual Pumpkin Princess Pageant will be now known as the Pumpkin Royalty Contest.
Event organizer Nikki Adams says they wanted to add the male aspect because “gender doesn’t matter when it comes to being a good person.”
Participating high schools will nominate their candidate for prince and princess among their junior and senior classes.
The elected couple from each school will then apply to enter the contest by listing community projects they have participated in and future career goals.
Submissions are due Oct. 3. Contestants will be televised live Oct. 10.
This year marks the contest’s 53rd year.