Six young women will vie for the title of Miss Polonia Connecticut 2018 on Saturday night at the Polish National Home in Hartford.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the event starting at 7. Contestants will be judged on cocktail dress, evening gown, swimwear and an on-stage question and answer. The winner will compete in the Miss Polonia USA pageant on Oct. 7 in New York City and will receive a prize of $1,000 and/or a round-trip ticket to Poland.
The honorary titles of Mrs. Polonia Connecticut and Mr. Polonia Connecticut will also be awarded Saturday night.
Besides the pageant, guests will be treated to a fashion show featuring a collection of furs, dancing by members of the EDanse Company of Enfield, and singing by the vocal duo of Jarek and Alexa Majka.
The musical group WindStar will also perform during the pageant and at an after-party following the competition.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. For advance tickets, call 860-883-2277. To reserve dinner tables before the pageant, call Asha at the Polish National Home at 860-247-1784.
Snacks will be available and are included in the ticket price. There also will be a cash bar. No BYOB, please.
The Miss Polonia Connecticut pageant is a production of Polish American Pageants.
Here are the contestants for the Miss Polonia Connecticut crown:
- Angelika Boguska, 24, of Stamford. She is studying criminal justice at the University of New Haven and working toward her master’s degree. She plans to continue her education and earn a doctorate in investigative services.
- Nicole Janusz, 21, of New Britain. She is studying marketing at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, with plans to move to New York City after graduation and start a career in social media marketing.
- Natalia Kotowska, 17, of Stamford. She is a student at the Academy of Information Technology and Engineering and will be heading to college.
- Katarzyna (Kasia) Mazur, 26, of Farmington. She recently received her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Hartford and has begun her practice in New Britain, where she hopes to help the city’s Polish community.
- Beata Palosz, 22, of Stamford. She is studying finance and pre-law at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic. After graduation, she hopes to work in personal finance at Vanguard in Philadelphia.
- Olivia Wronka, 17, of Newington. A senior at Newington High School, she will soon be off to college to study digital graphic design and business.
The title of Mrs. Polonia Connecticut 2018 will go to Marlena Zajaczkowska, 23, of New Britain. She has studied public health in Poland at the Medical University of Silesia and has an active and healthy lifestyle.
Mr. Polonia Connecticut 2018 is Radek Przegodzki of Fairfield. He is studying television broadcasting and meteorology at Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont.
The Polish National Home is at 60 Charter Oak Ave. in Hartford.