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By Bev Odom
The Red River Sun
WELLINGTON — A 1954 Study Club tradition from years past, the Tiny Tot Revue for Collingsworth County residents will be hosted by the Wellington Ritz Theatre at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 28. The annual Easter season event previously took place at the WHS auditorium and spanned from the 1950s to the 1990s.
Local historian Gay McAlister said her son Bill, born in 1952, won his division in 1955.
“Those club women worked like crazy to put on the show,” McAlister commented.
A 2021 fundraiser for the nonprofit Ritz Theatre, the contest will feature a boy and girl winner wearing Sunday attire from each of the four divisions:
- zero – one-year-old.
- one – two-year-old.
- three – four-year-old.
- four – five-year-old (Pre-K).
Winners will receive a prize. Entry forms are available at the Ritz and need to be returned by 9 p.m. March 14. Entry fee is $10 per contestant.
Admission fee for the March 28 afternoon affair is $5 per person with kids under 12 admitted free.
According to the Wellington Leader archives, winners of the March 31, 1980 event included one-year-old winners Misti Watts and Toby Clark, two-year-old winners Mona Roxanne Cantu and Ryan Ford, three-year-old winners Christy Lynn Feemster and R.L. “Snapper” Hunnicutt, four-year-old winners Tiffany Jill Owens and Jody Wood and five and six-year-old winners Ashley Anne Spill
man and Michael Brandvik.
Mayor Bill Hatch served as master of ceremonies. Each winner received a stuffed toy and large Easter egg filled with candy pieces.