In the year 1958 the annual Mr. and Miss Saginaw Contest was initiated. It was designed as an honor to be accorded to the young man and young woman who possessed the qualities of character, intelligence, poise, personality, and athletic prowess in large measure.
The format includes ten guys and ten gals separately engaged in a wide array of athletic competitions for ranking points. There was a General Knowledge Test that covered current events, sports and entertainment factoids, and even some academic stuff (see below). These results were coupled with the judges independent evaluation of each contestant’s original talent presentation. We were way ahead of our time since it was soon revealed that “Saginaw Has Talent”.
The talent portion could be singing, dancing, stand-up comedy, magic tricks, and even original skits. This portion of the competition over the years spawned many a creative and memorable entertainment effort.
Once the field was winnowed down to the five finalists from each side there was the finale big pageant night in front of the entire camp. The evening was run by counselors who were Mr. Saginaw winners and it included clever original songs about past winners written to popular tunes of the day. There were also return performances of memorable Mr. and Miss Saginaw talent blockbusters.
The stage fright finale for the final five contestants was part of this evening. Each contestant had to survive a character inquiry that would ultimately test how fast do they could think on their feet. The answer to a wild card question would display their intelligence, wit, character, and poise and ultimately determine who would wear the crowns of Mr. and Miss Saginaw that summer. The entire evening was a pageant extravaganza.