2008 marked the year for the 7th annual Mothman Festival. With the festival growing every year and the Mothman becoming more widely known, it was time to add something new to the festival...a pageant!So in 2008, the first year of the pageant, 8 titles were awarded to eight wonderful ladies. The 2nd Annual Miss Mothman Festival Pageant featured the 2008 Royalty and instead of just crowning 8 girls as royalty, 9 girls were awarded the Miss Mothman Festival Queen & Princess titles! The 9 titles are now given during each year, with two Princesses chosen alongside the Queens.Delyssa Huffman of Point Pleasant, having much experience in the pageant world, decided to step in and direct the pageant herself. With many titles throughout the state of West Virginia under her belt and even competing three times for the title of Miss West Virginia, Huffman wanted to create a fun pageant that young ladies and women of all ages would want to travel across the state of West Virginia and surrounding states to compete in. Thus, the Miss Mothman Festival Pageant was born and just in its first year, brought 58 girls from the local and state area and even a few from Ohio & Kentucky.Huffman also wanted to create a fair pageant where every contestant would be recognized. In the children's division, every single contestant is crowned a Miss Mothman Festival Princess with her very own tiara and sash. For the older girls, all contestants receive a participation trophy. This is on top of the many optional awards and runners-up that are also awarded.In 2009, a fundraiser pageant for the Miss Mothman Festival Pageants was set. The Miss & Mister TNT Pageant was held March 21st. This pageant was a great success with 45 contestants from the local area and others from around the state. Those crowned will compete for FREE in the 2009 Miss Mothman Festival Pageants and all the contestants were awarded a $5.00 discount off their entry fee. The fundraiser pageant helped raise many funds that will go towards the pageant in September.The pageant is continuing to grow (79 contestants in 2009; 84 in 2010; and 100 contestants in 2011), and with each new year, it promises to be bigger and better than the year before.