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SOMERSET – TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky has announced the eighth annual Miss Redbud Trails Pageant. Infants thru sophomores will compete for titles ranging from Tiny Miss Redbud Trails to Redbud Trails Princess. Juniors and seniors are invited to compete for the title of Miss Redbud Trails.

The pageant is open to participants in TOUR’s 49 county service area. The pageant will be held March 16, on the Union College Campus, at Conway Boatman Chapel, Barbourville, KY. Pageant information and applications can be found at www.tourseky.com or www.redbudfestky.com. A listing of TOUR’s 49 county service region is included with the application. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2013. For more information about the Redbud Trails Pageant, please contact Betty Cole at 606-627-7990 or colebarbourville@gmail.com.

Each junior and senior contestant competing for the title of Miss Redbud Trails will receive prizes including a $500 scholarship from Union College, “Kentucky’s First College in the Mountains.” The chosen Queen will receive a $10,000 scholarship to Union College, along with a sash, crown and other gifts.

Miss Redbud Trails serves as a spokesperson and ambassador for TOUR SEKY and the Redbud Trails program. The Queen will also be featured in tourism marketing materials and will be showcased in area parades and festivals.

The Redbud Trails Program, initiated in 2004 by Congressman Hal Rogers, was established to encourage and promote tourism in Southern and Eastern Kentucky by showcasing the natural beauty of the area, therefore kicking off the tourism season in early spring. Southern and eastern Kentuckians have planted more than 500,000 redbud trees and seedlings since the program began.

TOUR SEKY is an award winning initiative of Congressman Hal Rogers. The organization’s mission is to educate, expand, develop and market the existing and potential tourism industry throughout southern and eastern Kentucky, while contributing to the economic, cultural growth, health and awareness, and overall quality of life of the region. For additional information about TOUR SEKY visit www.tourseky.com, or call (606) 677-6093.

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