Celebrating fall: Ironton aLive to have Harvest Moon pageant, festival

Published 8:23 am Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Ironton will celebrate the beginning of fall by crowning its Harvest Moon queen.

Ironton aLive’s Miss Harvest Moon Pageant will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at the historic Ro-Na Theater in downtown Ironton. This is the second annual pageant

“The September full moon comes on the night of Friday, Sept. 13 for the most of North America, and on Sept. 14 for much of the rest of the world,” said Sam Heighton, the executive director of Ironton aLive. “Thus, for the northern hemisphere, this upcoming full moon — the full moon closest to our autumn equinox — is our harvest moon.”

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“Cheryl Cleary, pageant chairperson said, last year’s pageant was a great success and were looking forward to a great day,” Heighton said.

Pageant winners will preside over Ironton aLive’s events and Ironton parades, including the annual Ironton-Lawrence County Memorial Day parade in the spring.

There will be 10 age groups with first and second place awards for various age groups including, Baby Miss 0-12 months; Wee Miss 13-23 months; Mini Miss 2-3 years; Tiny Miss 4-6 years; Little Miss 7-10 years; Junior Miss 11-13 years; Princess 14-16 years; Queen 17-21 years; Baby Mister 0-35 Months; and Mini Mister 3-5 years.

Interested candidatescan be from Lawrence and Scioto counties in Ohio, Boyd and Greenup counties in Kentucky and Cabell county in West Virginia.

For more information and an application contact Heighton at the Ironton aLive office at 223 S. Second St., Ironton or text or phone 740-533-7951. There is a registration fee of $25. All proceeds go back into the community.

On Sept. 21, there will be a Harvest Moon Festival with live music at Farmers Market Square starting with the introductions of the pageant winners at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.