Black Friday may be a high revenue day for many corporations, but for local companies, Small Business Saturday is vitally important and the Five Hills royalty were determined to do their part to keep Copperas Cove small companies in business.

The titleholders started their journey across the city at the Small Business Saturday headquarters, Candy Outfitters, to pick up their passports. Owner Jennifer White chaired this year’s event.

“The royal family brought enthusiastic support to our Small Business Saturday event,” White said. “Being pillars of our community, we value their selfless volunteer efforts in supporting our community events. The royal family brought exposure to local businesses that normally wouldn’t be recognized.

“From the oldest to the youngest royal member always demonstrating their professionalism and perseverance with their abilities to help make a difference in all they do, we are honored to have a special group like our royal family and admire all of their good doings.”

The titleholders visited more than 25 local businesses, shopping at each one and learning of new products and services available.

The royalty also laid wreaths on the graves of veterans at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery having prepared them the Saturday prior. They will retrieve the wreaths from the graves and store them for next year after the New Year’s holiday. The royalty have assisted with the wreaths every year since the pageant began and it is a priority, said Copperas Cove Five Hills Ambassador Trisha Stutz.

“Especially around the Thanksgiving holiday when we are expressing all that we are grateful for, we are most grateful for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans,” Stutz said. “Sometimes, I think we forget that we live in the greatest country in the world and take our freedoms for granted. This is a very small way that we can pay tribute to our veterans and show our gratitude.”

Cortez hosts the Krist Kindl Charity Pageant as her community service project to benefit autism awareness. Fifty contestants have entered the traditional beauty pageant at the Civic Center at 10 a.m. Saturday. The cost is $5 for guests; children younger than age 5 are free. All proceeds will be used to purchase sensory playground equipment for City Park.

The royalty kick off Christmas parade season this week with parades in Cove and Lampasas on Saturday and the Temple Christmas Parade at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

The titleholders will also head up the cookie decorating activity at the Krist Kindl Markt at 1 p.m. Saturday. The event is free.

And, the titleholders will be visiting royalty this weekend at the Miss Austin America Pageant, a preliminary competition for the Miss America Pageant.

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