PITTSBURG — Residents from area assisted living and nursing home facilities will showcase their talents Friday at Meadowbrook Mall.

The annual Senior King and Queen Pageant is returning for its 23rd year as part of Little Balkans Days. The event allows participants to tell their stories and perform talents.

“Often residents don’t think they can do it because they say they don’t have a talent,” Event Organizer Shelley Gromer said. “But we’re very open, if people are good storytellers, or were great cooks, can play the piano — we will allow anyone to be a part of it.”

Along with performing a talent, participants answer questions about their life from a panel of judges. At the end a king and queen are selected from both nursing home and assisted living categories.

The pageant takes place from 1-3 p.m. at Meadowbrook mall and is open to the public.

“We have 150 seats and we usually fill them all,” Gromer said.

The afternoon event features other entertainment as well. Joe Hart serves as emcee, and in the past, Elvis impersonators, Jack Lemmon and others have performed.

“Joe Hart really helps get the audience involved and has helped us find talent,” Gromer said. “He’s been with us since the beginning.”

Refreshments are also available at the pageant.

The pageant will feature 12 contestants this year, all hoping to take home the crown.

“The pageant gives residents an opportunity to show the community they still have something to share,” Gromer said. “And opens them up to say ‘come see us, come visit with us.’”

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.