Tiny Miss Delaware hits road to nationals

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Tiny Miss Delaware Emily Jenkins is all smiles.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Tiny Miss Delaware Emily Jenkins is all smiles.The most noticeable trait about Emily Jenkins is her charming, infectious giggle. That’s if you didn’t already see the 5-year-old’s crown and sash.

Emily will represent the state as Tiny Miss Delaware in America’s Natural Supreme Beauties National Pageant from July 25 to 27 in Louisville, Ky.

Travelling from Bethany Beach with her parents, Mike and Heather, Emily was just appointed to the state title about three weeks ago.

Emily can usually be heard giggling, but she said her favorite part of pageants is “going on stage” and, understandably, “getting crowned.” She’s been competing for about two years, often in Salisbury, Md., and her little sister is now winning crowns, too.

National contestants will be judged on evening gown, interview outfit and state wear, plus a stage question. State wear is an outfit the represents Delaware, such as a Dutch settlers outfit with tulips.

America’s Natural aims to keep it natural by forbidding makeup on young children, custom-made clothing and glitzy clothes.

Although she has competed on stage before, Emily won Tiny Miss Delaware by a simpler competition: sending an application and photo.

After driving with her family overnight to Louisville, Emily and other participants can sightsee, be recognized on the field of a Louisville Bats baseball game and enjoy national dance cruise about the historic Belle of Louisville.

For the competition, she said she loves having an “older sister” and mentor named Faith, one of Maryland’s teenage winners.

Programs for all ages include Mrs. and Modern Woman (plus-size) and boys ages 0-10. A total of 32 titles will be awarded at the national program, and prizes will be awarded to those national winners.

Already used to stages, Emily has completed her first year of ballet class, where she loves to twirl. She has also helped raise money for Millsboro’s Relay for Life and walked in Bethany Beach’s Breast Cancer Fun Run.

To help send Emily to nationals, the Jenkins family will host a fundraiser bake sale at Hocker’s grocery in Clarksville on Saturday, July 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.