Barbara Davies Walsh, executive director of the Miss Alameda County Scholarship Pageant, said it was brought back out of need for scholarship money. Each participant will receive a scholarship, with the bulk of it going to the overall winner.
The contest is open to young women ages 17 to 24, who either live, work or attend school in Alameda County. They also must be a U.S. citizen, never married and with no children. The county level competition is an official preliminary round to the Miss California Pageant, which takes place in Fresno in June.
Walsh said some may remember that there used to be a Maid of Pleasanton as well as the Miss Alameda County Pageants held at the fairgrounds.
Scheduled to be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Amador Theater, Miss Oakland 2006 and Miss California finalist, Rachel Kerstner, will be the Mistress of Ceremonies. Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty is slated to be one of the "celebrity judges."
According to Walsh, there will be swimwear and evening gown segments, although the point values are weighted so that the talent and overall intelligence account for more than 50 percent of the total points.
For those interested in entering or businesses interested in supporting the program, call Walsh at 846-6277. The deadline for entries is Dec. 20.