Madness Beauty Pageant looking for applicants

Heather Helmendach was crowned Miss Mint Hill Madness last year. After a year of service she will hand off her crown to the next winner at the September 22 pageant. Photo courtesy of Lenn Long/

The Mint Hill Madness Beauty Pageant is calling for applications.  The pageant will take place at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church September 22, a week before Mint Hill Madness.  Applications, found online at, and the $50 entry fee are due September 1 and can be turned in at the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce, Todd Younker State Farm Insurance, Abbey Rose Florist, Big Guy’s Pizza, First Citizens Bank, or Bob Lucas Allstate Insurance.

This year prizes include a $500 scholarship for Miss Mint Hill, a trophy, crown, sash, bouquet courtesy of Abbey Rose, and a cash prize for queens in each group, a trophy for Robinson Orthodontics’ Smile Winners in each group, a trophy and $50 off a portrait session with for the photogenic winners in each group, a free portrait session for the overall photogenic winner, and a trophy for each runner up in each age group.  Queens from the eight age groups will also ride in the Mint Hill Madness Parade September 29.

Age groups are divided into Baby Miss for three to 12 months, Toddler Miss for 13-24 months, Tiny Miss for two to three years, Little Miss for four to six years, Young Miss for seven to nine years, Junior Miss for 10-12, Teen Miss for 13-15, and Miss Mint Hill for 16-18.  Contestants six years of age and younger will compete in the 10 am pageant, and the older contestants will compete at 4 pm.

Competitions include Smile Wear, requiring a Robinson Orthodontics/Mint Hill Madness t-shirt and denim bottoms of choice; Beauty Attire, requiring Sunday dress for ages 12 and younger and pageant or prom style dress for ages 13-18; Photogenic, requiring an 8×10 photo at registration; and the Miss Private Interview for the Miss Mint Hill group, requiring a five minute interview starting at 1 pm September 22.

This is the first year the Mint Hill Madness Beauty Pageant is providing a scholarship, sponsored by Robinson Orthodontics.  Scholarship money is awarded after one year of completed service as Miss Mint Hill.  Community service includes attending Mint Hill’s tree lighting ceremony, helping with the senior lunch at Christmastime, and assisting with the Lions Club pancake breakfast.

Last year’s winner, Heather Helmendach, will attend the pageant.  She is throwing the first pitch at the August 12 Knights game in Fort Mill.

For more information visit the Mint Hill Madness Beauty Pageant Facebook page, or contact pageant director Julie Shillingburg at


New road closings announced for Mint Hill Madness

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Town officials announced today that Highway 51 from Cresthill Drive to Lawyers Road will be closed during festival hours from 5 pm Friday to 6 pm Sunday. Originally one lane of Highway 51 was to stay open, but due to safety concerns, all four lanes will now close. Police urge those who are not attending the festival to avoid the area. For more on Mint Hill Madness, check out our annual double issue of the Mint Hill Times on newsstands Thursday.


Police announce road closings for Mint Hill Madness

Hard to believe Mint Hill Madness is almost here. The parade on September 25 will start on the Highway 218 side of Matthews-Mint  Hill Road and proceed up to Brighton Park. If you are trying to use Highway 218 or Lawyers Road on that day, you may want to consider a different route. Mint Hill Police said today the detour will be “lengthy.” The roads will be blocked from 8:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.  From John Rowell of the Mint Hill Police Department:

Individuals not attending the event are advised to avoid the downtown Mint Hill area during this time. Traffic is expected to remain slow and congested from 5 p.m. Friday (9-24) through 6 p.m. Sunday (9-26) due to the Mint Hill Madness Festival.


A map of Madness: What the festival will look like at its new location

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce moved the Mint Hill Festival this year from Fairview Park to the town square (Lawyers and Hwy. 51). This photo, from Dana at town hall, shows where everything will go. The festival will take place the weekend of September 24. In this week’s Mint Hill Times, find out why Presbyterian, one of the main sponsors, pulled its funding, then over the weekend recommitted. (Want to see a larger picture? Click here:  Madness 2010.)


This week’s Mint Hill Times (and more photos from Mint Hill Madness 2009)


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The 2009 Mint Hill Madness was hampered by rain on Friday and Saturday, but that didn’t prevent the show from going on. Despite a cool, misty day, the parade on Matthews-Mint Hill Road was lined by parade goers from start to finish. At the festival, Saturday saw heavy rain in the afternoon, making the big day for the festival more subdued than hoped for. Read about the ups and downs of the Madness festival in this week’s Mint Hill Times.

Also in this week’s Times:

• Mint Hill could be getting a military museum in the near future. The town on Thursday told museum developers it wants to move forward with the construction of the museum next to the planned North Carolina Korean War Memorial at The Park on Fairview.

• With the military museum and the Korean War memorial, the Mint Hill Times editorial wonders if it is time to think about renaming the plain-named “Park on Fairview.”

• Columnist Leslie Southerland bemoans the amount of exercise it takes to sometimes exercise.

• Tim Long writes about the Mint Hill Lions Club’s donation to a marine from Mint Hill who is serving in Afghanistan. One of the requests from the soldiers? Baby wipes. Read why.

• Both Butler and Independence continue to dominate. The Bulldogs beat Myers Park, while Independence beat a strong East Meck team. A monumental November showdown is looking more and more likely.