By Carolyn Starks, Chicago Tribune Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Feb. 4--After months of getting the silver crown, satin sash and all the other fancy details perfect for the 2005 Miss Crystal Lake beauty pageant, organizers are missing only one accessory: contestants.
With one girl registered and the April 2 contest looming, pageant officials have stopped short of begging and postponed the registration deadline until somebody--anybody--signs up.
"It's very frustrating because I have a photographer lined up, a makeup artist, a [disc jockey], a hall," said Michelle Torgerson, pageant organizer. "We have all this stuff ready to go--and no girls."
This is the predicament small-town beauty pageants across Chicago's suburbs are facing: A crown is waiting but no one wants it. It's especially troublesome in …