Although the event isn’t until June 1, registration is under way so event organizers can begin planning for the fun contest.
“Remember, this is not a beauty pageant. It is a recognition pageant celebrating all women over 60 years of age,” said Karon Weatherman, event coordinator.
The pageant includes four parts, a judge’s interview, philosophy of life, evening gown and talent. However, don’t let those titles mislead you.
“You will be judged on talent, philosophy of life, personality and evening gown,” Weatherman said.
She further explained that for the judge’s interview a new question is drawn each time a new contestant approaches the stage. The contestant then is asked to give their best answer.
In the past, questions have included:
- n What would you do if you won the lottery?
- n What or who inspires you?
- n If given 30 minutes a day to do anything you want, what would you do?
- n If given a magic wand to wish for any one thing, what would it be?
- n What do you consider your biggest accomplishment?
- n If you won $1 million what would you do with it?
- n What makes you happy and why?
- n If you could go anywhere on vacation, where would you go?
Each woman is also asked to submit a short 50 word statement regarding her philosophy of life, which is generally read along with personal information about the contestant, during the evening gown competiton. The latter, however, does not require an evening gown, just a nice Sunday dress.
“Don’t miss the opportunity to let the world know that you are here and are making an impact. I promise I will not make you wear a bathing suit,” Weatherman laughs.
Talent can be anything from dancing, playing a medley on the piano or singing to recitations of poems, skits or scriptures and reading of original stories, or any other talent the contestant may have.
This year’s pageant will kick off at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Church of the Nazarene, 1300 South League St.
The first three events have been well attended and fun for all involved. The winner automatically qualifies to compete in the Ms. Texas Senior Classic Pageant Aug. 22-25 at South Fork Hotel in Plano. Pageant sponsor Visiting Angels will pay the entry fee for the state pageant, but ladies will be responsible for other expenses; generally donations are accepted to help cover costs.
Past winners have included Stella Bagley, Betty Caudle and Ina Gore.
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