Hearts Afire Valentine Pageant

Enter your little sweetheart into the first Hearts Afire Valentine Pageant!

Does your 1-4 year-old have what it takes to be crowned Loveland “royalty”? Does your child like to dress up and be a ham on stage or strut down the runway?

If so, enter your little sweetheart into the first Hearts Afire Valentine Pageant! It’s all part of the City of Loveland’s Hearts Afire Weekend. Have fun competing for the titles and even more FUN spreading LOVE all over LOVELAND!

About the Pageant

The Hearts Afire Valentine Pageant is a baby/toddler fundraiser pageant to benefit a local cause and is sponsored by the City of Loveland. This year, the city has selected the Loveland Stage Company as its local cause. The Loveland Stage Company is incorporated as a not-for-profit, educational organization entirely operated by volunteers. The award-winning theater, located in the heart of Historic Downtown Loveland, is dedicated to serving the community by providing quality performing arts experiences. Currently, the theater is raising funds to replace its HVAC system — an estimated $100k repair.


The Hearts Afire Valentine Pageant will be held at the Loveland Stage Company on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 1-3 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

Pageant contestants can begin arriving at 11:30 a.m. and must be signed in and ready by 12:30 p.m. to compete. The Loveland Stage Company is located at 111 S. Second Street, Loveland, Ohio, 45140.

2023 Miss Ohio Elementary Camila Medina

A special guest will be at the Hearts Afire Valentine Pageant: Miss Ohio Elementary Kindergarten Camila Medina. Camila is a Loveland resident. Be sure to say hello!


Admission to the pageant is $5 (payable by cash). All funds raised from the Hearts Afire Valentine Pageant will go toward the replacement of the Loveland Stage Company’s HVAC system. 

The Competition

A panel of local judges — members of the Loveland Valentine Ladies — will vote for the top winners in each title category:

  • Little Miss Valentine and Little Mr. Cupid – Ages 1 and 2
  • Miss Valentine and Mr. Cupid – Ages 3 and 4
  • Fan Favorite – $1 per vote (No limit on how many times one can vote)

Contestants are encouraged to be creative with their costume choice. We do NOT have any requirement for costumes – we simply want everyone to have fun. Dress your little Miss Valentine in all things LOVE or your Little Mr. Cupid like the winged god of love…These are just suggestions!

Because this is an infant/toddler competition, we understand the contestants will need help. Contestants will be walked across the stage alone or, if unable to walk, escorted by their parent/guardian. If the child would like to and is able to safely walk across the stage, then we encourage them to do so. However, parents are not allowed to be in costume.

Winners in each category will be given a prize as per the official contest rules. Prizes will be awarded to each title winner. All entrants will receive a participation certificate.

How to Register

The cost to enter the pageant is $15 and $10 for each sibling, payable by check. A check will need to be made payable to the “City of Loveland” and mailed with your registration form.

Registration fees are non-refundable. Entries must be received by January 30, 2023. Late or day-of registrations will not be accepted.


Any child that meets the age criteria can compete. Participants should not be older than 4 on the day of the contest: Feb. 11, 2023. Participants must be registered for their category according to their age as of Feb. 11, 2023. You do NOT have to be a resident of the City of Loveland to compete.

Loveland Stage Company logo

If you are interested in donating to the Loveland Stage Company’s HVAC campaign,
donations can be made online.



Date: Feb 11, 2023
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Hearts Afire Valentine Pageant
111 South 2nd Street
Loveland, Ohio 45140
111 South 2nd Street
Loveland, Ohio 45140


Email: mclark@lovelandoh.gov
Phone: 513-707-1437

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