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Little Miss America Returns in 2004

The last time a Little Miss America contestant was crowned was in September 1971. Now, 33 years later, Fort Lee brings back the contest!

1On September 18th & 19th, 2004, Constitution Park (Linwood Ave. Fort Lee) will be transformed into the magical midway of Palisades Amusement Park as part of Fort Lee's centennial celebration.  The park was not only the home to thrilling rides, delectable food and the world's largest salt water swimming pool, but it also was the site for great performances and contests.  One of the most popular contests was "Little Miss America" which debuted in 1961. Girls between the ages of five and ten were judged on beauty, charm, poise and personality.  In an effort to bring back the spirit of Little Miss America while involving young residents of Fort Lee in this nostalgic event, the centennial committee will sponsor a Little Miss America contest on Sunday, September 19th at 1pm on the stage at Constitution Park for girls ages 5 to 10.  Based on talent, this contest will be produced and hosted by Jan LeWinter, the original producer, choreographer and host of the Little Miss America pageants at Palisades Amusement Park.

1Interested participants must be the appropriate age by Sunday, September 19 in order to be eligible.  (proof of age and residency will be required). Performances must be limited to one and a half minutes or less. Participants must provide any musical accompaniment on a tape or CD.  Any instruments must be portable.  Performances will be screened for appropriateness, after which 25 applicants will be selected to compete for Little Miss America 2004.  All contestants will receive a memento for their participation.

Applications must be mailed to:
Fort Lee Recreation Center - c/o 309 Main Street, Fort Lee, NJ 07024 in order to be considered.  Application deadline is September 1, 2004.

Name of contestant :
Date of birth
Home phone number
Present age
Talent (i.e. Singing, dancing, etc.)


Click here to listen to the original 
Little Miss America jingle in Real Audio

Written by Gladys Shelley, this song was used during the popular "Little Miss America" pageants. The song was produced and orchestrated by Ray Ellis and performed by Frankie Michaels. ©Spiral Record Corp.





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