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Open county pageants offer girls opportunity

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By The Staff

Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to clear a few things up. Contrary to popular belief, a beauty pageant is much more than parading around in a bathing suit. Simply put, it’s about making friends, making memories, enhancing public speaking and people skills, increasing self-confidence and instilling a dream and a goal into young women’s hearts.

Whether striving for a scholarship, a title to become Miss Kentucky County Fair, or simply striving to make great friends and memories that last a lifetime, a beauty pageant holds all of these characteristics. Once a title is won by a well-rounded individual, she doesn’t only “wear a tiara for a year,” she makes public appearances, becomes a role model to young girls, participates in community-service events and opens doors to future endeavors.

Recently, I participated in Miss Trimble County 2010 and was given the honor of representing the county with two prestigious awards, I won First Runner-Up and Miss Congeniality. I am very grateful to have represented Trimble County for these honorable awards.

With that being said, I am from Carroll County and am extremely gracious of the fact that Trimble County opened its pageant this year and gave other wonderful girls the opportunity to represent such a great county. Thanks to whomever had a hand in making this pageant open this year; I am honored to have received such awards.

Hopefully the pageant will remain open and I will have such a wonderful, fun experience next year, as I did this year.

Some people were upset that the Trimble County Fair decided to open up their pageant to any Kentucky resident interested in competing. Coming from a person who has lived in Carroll County all of my life, I know that it could be discouraging sometimes to compete in your hometown and the title is given to someone from a different county. I know this because Carroll County pageant has been open to Kentucky residents as long as I can remember.

Looking back I am thankful that it was an open contest. All of the ladies who have held a title as Miss Carroll County, in or out of town, have deserved it. There is no pessimistic way to view an open pageant, if you think about all of the advantages. It brings more revenue from surrounding counties, a better audience turnout, and gives young women the opportunity to make more friends.

In my personal experience, I have made some very close friends while competing in open pageants and am glad to say I had that opportunity. I believe it was a very wise decision of the Trimble County Fair Board to open its pageant this year.

Finally, I would like to touch upon is a misconstrued vision of myself that has been conjured up by individuals who may not know me that well. In relation to [last week’s column] in The Trimble Banner, titled: “Sadly, Miss Trimble, runners-up aren’t from Trimble,” I would like to simply set the record straight.

First and foremost, I am not, in any way, shape or form a “professional” at pageants. If I were, I would venture to say that I would have more than one County Fair title, which is Miss Carroll County 2009. That said, I have placed as Second Runner-Up and Miss Congeniality three consecutive years in the Madison Regatta Scholarship pageant, and, as previously stated, First Runner-Up and Miss Congeniality in The Miss Trimble Co. Fair pageant.

I have placed as a runner up in other pageants here and there, but does that make me a professional? No. Which brings me to my next rebuttal: I don’t compete in pageants as a “serious hobby” and I cannot (although I wish I could sometimes) walk the runway in my sleep. I compete in pageants as a means to strengthen my communications skills, meet and gain acquaintances, and gain opportunities that otherwise could have passed me by without the help of pageants

I compete in hopes of winning a title, a title that leads to community service, helping young girls boost their self-esteem and fulfilling my own personal goals and dreams.

Hayley Franklin Carrollton, Ky.