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June 16, 2014

Pageant added to noodling fun — Pauls Valley’s big noodling event now only days away is far more than just the big catch.

Yes there should again be plenty of monster size catfish hauled in when the 15th annual Okie Noodling Tournament brings in thousands of people to the local Wacker Park on Saturday, June 21.

Now even more will be the main attraction as ladies aged 18 and older are invited to take part in an expanded version of this year’s noodling pageant.

Up for grabs is the title of Okie Noodling queen.

This part of the noodling event now known worldwide is being led by Main Street Pauls Valley and its new director, Lindsey Temple.

“The sky’s the limit with this,” Temple said about the pageant.

“We saw an opportunity to expand this and make a real entertainment feature for the noodling event,” she said.

“We wanted to make this entertaining and family friendly and fun and campy.

“We believe this is something that really adds to the noodling festival.”

Although there will be plenty of activities offered throughout the day the real excitement comes when noodlers bring in their fish for the big weigh-in.

There is also the pageant as the one who claims the title of noodling queen will have to successfully pass three rounds.

One involves each woman being given a cowgirl boot. Their job is to go out into the crowd and use the boots to collect donations.

“It’s raising money for Pauls Valley,” Temple said.

“The women will go into the crowd and use the boot to collect money for local charities.”

The second part of the contest involves the participants’ knowledge on noodling with trivia.

“The girls will come on stage and be asked three questions apiece on noodling and noodling trivia.

“We want girls to know what they represent, we want them speaking to the crowd and we want them to answer questions.”

The third stage will feature “feats of strength.”

With this one there will be a series of obstacle courses pitting the girls against each other.

It’s described by Temple as nothing too intense but very entertaining.

Judges will then tally up the scores and determine who will be named this year’s noodling queen and those taking the two runners-up spots.

There will be a $10 fee as ladies interested in being a participant need to be registered no later than the afternoon of the noodling event.

Ladies can get signed up at a merchandise tent set up at the festival or they can go in advance to the Main Street office at the corner of Paul and Walnut. The sign up is also at online.

Volunteers are also needed for this year’s noodling event. Call 405-238-6491 for more.

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