Contestants for the Greater Alliance Carnation Festival queen contest spent part of July 15 sorting clothing.

Thirteen of the those taking part in the pageant volunteered at the Alliance YWCA.

The YWCA takes in donations of women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, which then are resold to women who cannot afford businesswear.

The Carnation Festival queen candidates, dressed in their red carnation polos and white pants, helped sort, fold and hang clothes at the women’s career clothing closet.

During their time volunteering, the bond between the girls continued to grow. They chatted and laughed often.

The staff at the YWCA prepared cookies and drinks for the young women to show their appreciation for the help.

After the girls completed that task, they worked on their pageant cards, which are read the night of the pageant and are meant to share a little about each contestant with the audience.

The first card is read during the dance party portion, and includes the name of the lady’s sponsor, her parents names, her age and the school they attend or from which they most recently graduated.

The second card will be read during the evening gown portion and shares the contestant’s hobbies, interests and goals.

Once they completed their cards, chairwoman Sue Grove explained a little bit about pageant night to the contestants and took questions.