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SPRINGFIELD — Beauty will reign this Saturday before the emphasis shifts dramaticallty to leaping amphibians in the town of Springfield on Easter weekend.

The kickoff event for the 50th Annual Governor’s Frog Jump and Egg Strike — the Frog Jump Beauty Pageant —will feature a bevy of lovely young ladies when it gets underway at 4 p.m. on March 12 in the former Springfield High School auditorium at 210 Brodie St. Registration of contestants begins at 2 p.m.

Amy Kittrell, co-director of the beauty pageant, said every girl who participates will receive a gift. In addition, pageant winners will ride aboard a float in the Frog Jump Parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 26.

“We have a People’s Choice award. You vote for your favorite contestant. The contestant with the most votes gets recognized and receives a gift,” Kittrell said. “We are also (adding) a new (feature) this year, a Miss Congeniality award. The pageant workers will be observing the girls … and select one for the Miss Congeniality award. The contestant will receive a special award.”

The pageant is open to girls ages 0-19 from throughout South Carolina, not just Springfield or Orangeburg County, Kittrell noted.

She said the optional Most Photogenic Contest, for which contestants submit a photograph of themselves, will be judged before the pageant, with a winner to be selected from each group.

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Hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, drinks, chips and candy will be sold during the event.

Other upcoming highlights of the 2016 Governor’s Frog Jump & Egg Strike include the Cow Drop at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, at Frog Jump Arena and bingo at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 25, at the old Springfield gym.

The 50th Annual Springfield Frog Jump & Egg Strike will kick into full gear from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, featuring a children’s carnival, the Frog Jump and Egg Strike competitions, music, food, entertainment and fellowship.

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