is a brief excerpt from
the book Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond
Memories by Vince Gargiulo...
One of the most popular pageants, Little Miss America, debuted in 1961. Girls between the ages of five and
ten were judged on the basis of beauty, charm, poise, and personality.
These productions attracted thousands of stage mothers from every corner
of the country to drag their little beauties to Palisades. Six thousand
girls came each week to compete; add to this the mothers, fathers,
grandparents, aunts, and uncles who came to watch, and it's not surprising
that long lines of patrons would wind around the Park. Not everyone
appreciated the contest, however; the Atlantic Citybased Miss America Pageant sued
Palisades—unsuccessfully—for using the name Little Miss America.
Written by Gladys Shelley, this song was used during the popular "Little Miss
America" pageants. The song was produced and orchestrated by Ray Ellis and performed by
Frankie Michaels. ©Spiral Record Corp.
Thanks to Bill from San
Luis Obispo, California for asking about the
Little Miss America pageant and inspiring me to put this page together.