Strawberry Princess Pageants
Many youngin’s dream of becoming royalty. At the Floral City Strawberry Festival, some of those dreams will come true! Come enjoy the Strawberry Princess pageants on Saturday, March 2nd from 9:15 a.m. until 10 a.m. on the Main Stage in Floral Park.
A festival tradition going back to the early days of the event, this special pageant is designed to be fun and enjoyable for the whole family and to help children build important self-esteem and public speaking skills. Winners will take home the crown, and all participants will be offered a very berry goodie bag as a memento of their courage!
The Little Miss Strawberry Princess pageant is for girls ages 4 to 6; the Miss Strawberry Princess pageant is for girls ages 7 to 12.
**Please note: Registration for the 2024 pageants are CLOSED. Registrations will not be accepted the day of the event.
2024 Little Miss Pageant Contestants!
Ella Dawn Lewis
2024 Miss Pageant Contestants!
Gracyn Delle Lewis
& Assistant Pageant Director
The Chamber would like to thank April Royal, Founder and President of the Phil Royal Legacy Foundation in her fifth year as Pageant Director along with Brelyn Royal as Pageant Director Assistant. An inspiration in grace and class herself, April also studied Fashion Design at the International Academy of Design & Technology. Brelyn has played an instrumental role in our pageants for many years and we are excited to welcome her officially as the Pageant Director Assistant.
The Judges for the Job
The Chamber of Commerce thanks our 2024 pageant judges, who had the incredibly difficult job of choosing just one lady in each category:
Miss Florida USA
Caroline Dixon is the current Miss Florida USA. At 25 years old, Caroline is an alumni of Florida State University where she received her degrees in Communications and Digital Media Studies and a Juris Master from FSU College of Law. Caroline has a passion and dedication for public service being a former first grade teacher in her hometown and now serving as a senior legislative aide to Florida State Senator Ed Hooper where she has had the opportunity to work on policies that will better the state of Florida. She strives to inspire and empower young women everyday to reach new heights and live meaningful, purposeful lives. At the end of September 2023, Caroline had the once in a lifetime opportunity where she got to represent the Sunshine State at the nationally televised Miss USA competition in Reno, Nevada. She was honored to place among the top semi finalists and continue her work as Miss Florida USA. In addition to her success within the Miss Universe Organization, Caroline is a former two-time national pageant titleholder having held the titles of Jr. Miss American Beauty 2013 and USA National Teen 2015. After over 10 years in pageants, she’s looking forward to finding out what the next chapter of her life holds with her high school sweetheart/fiancé when she claims a new title later this year.
Miss Florida Ultimate USA
I am Megan Crossman, your 2024 Miss Florida Ultimate USA. I am so blessed to have the opportunity of judging the Floral City Strawberry Festival Princess Pageants again this year. Last year I was your Miss Citrus County Teen for 2022-2023. This year I am not only your Miss Florida Ultimate USA, but also your Miss Citrus County 2023-2024. Over this last year a lot has changed, not only have I expanded my pageant experience but I also graduated from high school and have gotten my real estate license. Now a fully licensed Florida Realtor for Watson Realty, I can honestly say it has been a journey. I have also continued in my pursuit as a NAMI board member and active community member. One of my fellow board members and I have also created and now run our first mental health teen group in Citrus County. We meet every Thursday night and we have a free space for middle and high schoolers to talk freely without judgment. We play games, talk about life, and even plan events to give back to our wonderful community. As this year goes on, we hope to expand and reach more people in need. Again, I am so happy to be able to judge and hopefully uplift all of these beautiful girls competing in this pageant. Every one of them deserves to be a princess.
Jen Grow is a 26-year resident of Citrus County. She has spent most of those years raising her daughters and being very active in the community. Jen and her husband, JJ are big supporters of many local charities like the YMCA, CASA, Community Food Bank of Citrus County, 4H, FFA and Citrus County Blessings. Jen currently sits on the Boards of the Citrus County Education Foundation and Jessies Place. Jen is a realtor with Keller Williams Realty Elite Partners II in downtown Inverness.