Sunday, November 16, 2008

Miss Delmarva Pageant

Wow, I had a great time returning to the Miss Delmarva Pageant in Laurel, DE. This year, I judged the competition with two other lovely ladies!

I was Miss Delmarva 2003. I won the title during my first year of law school and really had a great year.

April Brilliant (the director) runs a fabulous pageant - it is fun and simple! If anyone is new to pageantry, this is a great pageant to try because you only have to compete in a cocktail dress or evening gown (your choice), do a short introduction, and (for older ladies) be asked a random on stage question.

I loved hearing the outgoing Mrs. Delmarva's farewell speech. She and her two daughters all won Delmarva titles last year and it was touching to hear how proud they were to represent the Delmarva area. She and all of the outgoing queens obviously did a great job representing their titles with community service work and public appearances! Kudos to all!!!

To friends that were there and we didn't get a chance to chat, I hope that we catch up at the next pageant!

I cannot remember the winners' names, but I do have photos :-) Enjoy!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Armed Forces Foundation and Punkin Chunkin Pageant

On my way to North Carolina, I stopped to volunteer with Uncle Joe and Monika for the Armed Forces Foundation dinner at McGuire Veterans' Hospital.  Thanks to Uncle Joe for sharing these photos with me.

I can't even begin to tell you how much fun I had at the Punkin Chunkin Festival this weekend. Ellie put together an incredible pageant!!! Really, I can't say enough positive things about all of Ellie's hard work to make this pageant a success. All of the contestants were adorable (younger ones) and the older ladies were beautiful. The actual competition was short and sweet, which was an original goal. The crowns and sashes were perfect!

This post won't be complete without mentioning the judges - they were just terrific!!!! They all want to return next year! A special thank you to Will for our wonderful VIP Tour of the grounds. We are all so excited to return next year (and I am already googling RV rentals!).

As for hair styles in these photos - remember, it was COLD and WINDY!