Contestants and participants in this year’s Columbus Day Queen contest are in for a treat. The always thrilling and glamorous pageant will be taken to a whole new level this year by event Chairman Ron Onesti.
Sponsored by the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, the contest is slated for Sept. 17 at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fames and will boast a dramatically revamped format and a host of other surprises.
In addition to the crown, the winner of the contest will walk away with $1,000 in cash plus other prizes. Contestants must prove Italian descent and be between the ages of 18 and 23, single and never married, and a resident of the Chicago metropolitan area.
The queen and her court will appear at community events before and after the parade, which is slated this year for Oct. 10 on State Street between Lake and Van Buren in downtown Chicago.
“We encourage all eligible young ladies to participate in this most proud display of our heritage,” says JCCIA Executive Director Jo Ann Serpico. “Nothing speaks louder than your presence.”