Festival of Lights Queen Pageant

Date and Time

1 p.m. Sunday, November 8, 2020


Par-A-Dice Hotel ballroom, East Peoria

Entry Information

The 2020 entry form and fees will be announced in the fall of 2020.


The woman who will reign over the 2020 Festival of Lights will be crowned at the conclusion of the Festival of Lights Queen Pageant. This is a scholarship pageant. The queen receives a $1,000 college scholarship and a package of prizes donated by local businesses. The first and second runners-up also receive prizes.

Contestants must be residents of East Peoria, students at East Peoria Community High School or alumni of EPCHS; be single and between the ages of 16 and 20. They will be judged on poise, appearance, personality and a final question.

The queen and her court will ride on a float in the 36th annual Festival of Lights Parade November 21. The queen will also reign over all festivities for the 2020 Festival of Lights, make appearances at community events in 2021 and crown the 2021 queen.

Three women in formal gowns in front of a Christmas tree

2019 Festival Royalty

The 2019 Festival of Lights royalty is Queen Chloe Rogers (center), First Runner-up Jadelyn Everett (left) and Second Runner-up Jexie Bolding.