2016 Railroad Days Attendant Carly Gross and Queen Sophie Pawloski/Durand Now Photo
Applications are now available for young ladies who are interested in representing Durand as Miss Railroad Days 2017 Queen and Attendant, and the requirements have changed, as candidates will appear in various parades and functions throughout the year. Candidates must be between the ages of 15-20, currently attending or have attended Durand Area High School, or have a Durand mailing address. Professional press release photos will be taken courtesy of A&R Portraits of Durand. The application deadline is November 18th 2016.
Scholarships in the amount of $500 for the Queen and $350 for her Attendant will be awarded to the ladies at the end of their reign. Each candidate will secure a sponsor who will provide the $50 entry fee (provided by your sponsor which must be a business, not a parent). Candidates will submit a written summary with their application telling the committee why they feel they would be a good choice to represent Durand as Miss Railroad Days 2017. They will also be interviewed as part of the selection process prior to the Crowning Ceremony for Railroad Days 2017.
Ladies will be judged on their application entry essay, interview, answers to questions, poise, presentation, confidence, personality, and clarity of speech. Candidates will present themselves in business casual attire for the interview and in formal wear for the Crowning Ceremony.
Applications must be postmarked no later than the November 18, 2016 deadline.
A Crowning Ceremony for the 2017 Queen, Attendant, Princess and Prince will be held Friday, March 10th 2017 at 6:30pm in the grand ballroom of Durand Union Station—Michigan Railroad History Museum at 200 Railroad Street in Durand. Railroad Days Royalty will represent the 42 nd annual Railroad Days Festival held on May 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st 2017, the weekend after Mother’s Day.