The last time a Little Miss
America contestant was crowned was in September 1971. Now, 33 years later,
Fort Lee brings back the contest!
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.
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
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.
(i.e. Singing, dancing, etc.)
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.