The Miss La Crosse Oktoberfest Pageant usually includes many UW- LaCrosse students as well as neighboring college students attending Viterbo or Western Technical College. The organization provides over $16,000 in cash, scholarships, and gifts to its contestants.
“You definitely have to be intelligent,” says Alexandra Seitz, a Miss La Crosse Oktoberfest contestant and UW-L sophomore, “All the women involved have to be goal orientated. This isn’t just a beauty pageant.” Seitz went on to explain how preparing for the pageant while remaining a full time student was not only a large time commitment, but required a lot of dedication and hard work: from memorizing the history of La Crosse’s Oktoberfest, to remaining updated on current events, to developing a strong opinion and sense of self.
Seitz is currently pursuing a major in communications. After graduating from Central High School in La Crosse, she took a year off to pursue modeling in the talent industry. For a year she then attended Western Technical College and decided to transfer to UW-L this fall. She enjoys singing, hiking, and snowboarding when she isn’t doing school work or working her 3 jobs at Moka, Howie’s, and La Crosse Parks & Recreation. Although Seitz did not place in the competition, she gave an outstanding performance and plans to run again in 2014.
This past Saturday, the 52nd annual Miss La Crosse Oktoberfest was held in the Fine Arts Center at Viterbo University. This scholarship program is a preliminary program to Miss Wisconsin and Miss America. Those of the UW-La Crosse attendees who placed in the competition included the next Miss La Crosse Oktoberfest Christa Brehm and second runner up Sarah Newton.
As stated at oktoberfestusa.com, “This is an organization focused on community service, heritage, and empowering young women to achieve their personal, academic and professional goals.” The scoring of the pageant consisted of 35% talent, 20% interview, 25% lifestyle and fitness, 15% evening wear, and 5% on stage question.
For more information about Miss La Crosse Oktoberfest, visit http://www.oktoberfestusa.com/aboutus/misslacrosseoktoberfest.aspx.