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St. Patrick’s Day might seem a long way away, but applications are already being accepted for Holyoke’s Grand Colleen contest.

This year the pageant will take place on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Holyoke High School.

There’s also the lure of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The Grand Colleen will receive a trip for two to Ireland, a $500 scholarship and many other prizes.

The deadline to apply for the Grand Colleen contest is December 27, 2013. To apply, contestants must be:

  • Female
  • Never been married or had a child
  • No less than 17 by March 17 next year and a senior in high school or no more than 22 years old by March 17 next year
  • A resident of Holyoke or South Hadley with a permanent address in either community
  • Able to claim Irish ancestry

Immediate family members of the Grand Colleen Pageant Committee are ineligible.

To commemorate 60 years of the Grand Colleen, a gathering will immediately follow the contestant orientation meeting held on Sunday, December 28, 2013 at 10:00 am at the Yankee Pedlar. All contestants and past Colleen Court members will be invited. All Grand Colleens are invited as honored guests.

For more information, contact Kathy Dulchinos, colleen coordinator at (413) 591-4945.


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