A Thriller of a Pageant

31 10 2011

Never have I ever envisioned being a part of pageant whose theme was “Thriller,” but when your local pageant is held on Halloween weekend how can you resist?!

Miss Bowling Green and Miss Mammoth Cave Area was held this weekend in Bowling Green, KY.  Michael and I headed down on Saturday night after my appearance in Elkhart, IN.  We left Elkhart around 8:15pm and arrived in Bowling Green around 5:00am!  It was supposed to be a 7 & 1/2 hour trip, putting us in KY around 3:45; however, after a really long fast food stop and late-night construction, we really had to push through.  We started struggling with the last hour to go, but we made it safe and sound.

We were staying with a couple neither Michael or I had ever met.  The Ford’s were opening up their home for us.  Harry (which at the time we didn’t even know his name) had texted Michael letting him know the front door would be open and the lights would be on inside.  He made sure to emphasize that we make ourselves at home.  When we pulled up in front of the house at 5:00am, we realized he wasn’t kidding at all!  The front door was propped open and every light was on in the house.  As we stepped up to the front door, messages scattered the foyer floor inviting us in.  Michael and I felt so welcome and knew it was going to be a great couple of days.

Barbara and Harry were already asleep, so Michael and I made our way upstairs for a few hours rest.  Michael was judging and therefore, had to be in interviews at 8:30.  I luckily got to sleep until 10:00 since we had brunch at 11:00 at the Ford’s.  Several close friends were invited over along with the current Miss Kentucky Ann Blair Thornton and Ericka Dunlap, Miss America 2004.  Brunch was superb.  And, it was wonderful catching up with Ericka.  Around 2:00, Ericka and I headed over to the auditorium for rehearsal and a newspaper interview.

Ericka really wanted to run a few errands, so without actually rehearsing, or even looking at the script, we left.  At 4:00 we met with the judges for dinner and then it was off to the pageant.  20 minutes to get ready really isn’t much, but enough to run on stage for the opening number and start off the show.  Ericka and I were co-emceeing.  I have never done an entire pageant without ever looking at the script before.  It was definitely a learning experience, but everything turned out great!

After the show ended and two new Miss titleholders were crowned and two new Teen titleholders were crowned, we made our way to the after party!  It was already really late so Michael and I decided to stay one more night in order to avoid another evening like the last and just enjoy our time in Bowling Green and then head back to Indy after a good night’s rest.

The new titleholders were amazing and so genuine and sweet.  Best wishes to them as they start their journey to Miss Kentucky and Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen competitions.  A HUGE thanks to all of the amazing volunteers with the pageant.  It sure was a thriller and an event to remember!



The Thriller opening number






The stage decorations, moseliums with my and Ericka’s last names





























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