Hopkins County women ages 60 and up are encouraged to get their applications in soon for the Ms. Hopkins County Senior Classic Pageant.
The priority deadline is only a month away. May 15 is the date pageant organizers are asking participants to turn in their registration information so they can begin preparing for the event.
Registration has been slow so far, according to event coordinator Karon Weatherman.
“The more ladies there are participating, the more fun it is,” Weatherman said. “The pageant is June 2, and I’ve only had a few ladies who have turned in their paperwork so far. I’m beginning to get antsy. We want this to be good, real fun. To plan for this, we need to know a little ahead of time who all’s going to be competing so we can get everything ready and prepare. It takes a little while.”
“I hope a lot of ladies enter,” said Betty Caudle, 2011 Ms. Hopkins County Senior Classic pageant winner. “It wouldn’t be fair to only have a few, or as fun. The more that enter the contest, the better it will be. There are a lot of talented ladies in Hopkins County who are 60 and up.”
The event was a big hit its first two years, drawing quite an audience and panel of talented participants.
“It was nothing but fun,” Caudle said of her experiences competing in the senior pageant. “I had no intention of winning when I entered, just having fun. I’d never entertained before. I’ve really enjoyed this year, going to the opening of new businesses, two parades — all kinds of things. I hope ladies will see that if I can win, anybody can.”
In addition to bragging rights for a year and opportunities to represent the talented women ages 60 and over in Hopkins County, the winner of the county pageant automatically qualifies to represent Hopkins County in the Ms. Texas Senior Classic Pageant Aug. 23-26, at South Fork Hotel in Plano.
“I really enjoyed meeting the nice ladies up there,” said Caudle, who didn’t win the state contest but was named “Best Talent” in Plano last summer.
Caudle was one of three women from Hopkins County who competed in and earned recognition at the state pageant in 2011. During the local contest Caudle showed off her skills on the ivories with a piano medley of patriotic songs, which she said “allows me to be creative.” She modified the program for the state contest.
Stella Bagley, 2010 Ms. Hopkins County Senior Classic, was a semi-finalist at the state contest, held at South Fork Hotel in Plano in August 2011. She was awarded a trophy naming her the “Most Spiritual” performer at the pageant. Bagley’s pure, honest tones had the audience on their feet and clapping as she sang “Jesus Christ, Testify” while judges tabulated the scores during the 2011 Ms. Hopkins County Senior Classic Pageant.
Nancy Bolton went home from the state pageant with a trophy naming her “Most Photogenic.” Bolton was the first runner-up in the county pageant last June and was recognized for having the “Best Evening Gown.” She made a splash during both the talent and evening gown portions of the 2011 Ms. Hopkins County Senior Classic Pageant in her white and red gowns.
Caudle is ineligible to compete locally this year but says she will definitely be on this year’s program.
“I’ll be there to entertain between things. I’m looking forward to this year’s contest,” Caudle said.
All ladies age 60 years and older are eligible to compete in the Ms. Hopkins County Senior Classic Pageant. They will be judged in four categories: an interview with the judges, philosophy of life, evening gown and talent show.
Each lady will be asked to “write a 50-word blurb on their philosophy of life,” which will be read by the master of ceremonies as the ladies are showing off their dresses to the judges.
The pageant, sponsored this year by Visiting Angels, will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Sulphur Springs Church of the Nazarene, 1300 South League St. The priority deadline to turn in registration forms is May 15.
More information about Ms. Texas Senior Classic Pageant can be found online at www.mstexasseniorclassicpageant.com.
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