Sparkles, sashes and more at Sweetheart Pageant

The Mr. & Ms. Sweetheart Pageant kicked off Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, at the Carterville Community Center. The pageant was hosted by Stephaney Stroud Odle, owner of Stephaney’s Bargain Boutique. Children aged birth to 16 were eligible to compete in 12 divisions organized by age and gender. Contestants were judged on appearance, beauty, poise and personality.