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Little Miss Imagination Pageant comes to Sioux City

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© "The girls have to get creative and use that imagination. I'd like to see it kept alive in our youth," said Melissa Dawdy, pageant director. © "The girls have to get creative and use that imagination. I'd like to see it kept alive in our youth," said Melissa Dawdy, pageant director.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

What does it take to win a beauty pageant? A great smile? Great clothes? How about a great imagination?

The movie Little Miss Sunshine tells the story of a tiny pageant girl who uses her unconventional imagination to show her family winning is all about being happy with who you are.

Stories like this one aren't the stuff of Hollywood make believe, though.

Say hello to the Little Miss Imagination Pageant. It's described as encouraging "creativity and self confidence," and is based on a child's imagination.

"The girls have to get creative and use that imagination. I'd like to see it kept alive in our youth," said Melissa Dawdy, pageant director.

Dawdy started the program in Omaha, September of last year. Sunday was the first time it's been to Sioux City.

Dawdy says imagination is key because it's a theme pageant. Kids have to find costumes and routines that match the competition's topic. This time it's "A Winter Wonderland."

Kids competing, love it.

Ten-year-old Jaimye Wininger is a veteran of pageants. She has lots of crowns. "One-hundred sixty," she said.

But she's not here to win more.

"I do it because I like making new friends," said Wininger.

And that's all part of the plan. Feel good, make friends. To ensure that happens, Dawdy says every kid walks away with a crown.

"They were brave enough to hit that stage. They went up there, they showed their personality. Every child needs to know that they are a winner, no matter if they place the highest title or not," said Dawdy.

The highest title in the Little Miss Imagination Pageant gets one lucky lady a crown, trophy and $100 in cash. If you'd like to know more, check out their website.

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