Pageant brings preliminary back to county after 20 years
SPRUCE PINE – After a nearly 20-year absence, Mitchell County again has a Miss North Carolina preliminary pageant.
Not since the Miss Appalachian Valley pageant has Mitchell County had a Miss North Carolina and subsequently a Miss America preliminary, but two local women have joined to bring one back in the form of the upcoming Miss Emerald Ridge Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Harris Middle School.
“We have a lot of girls in our area with a lot of talent but they don’t play sports,” said Jeanette Chang, co-executive director of the pageant. “This is a chance for those girls to showcase those talents, win scholarship money and learn about the importance of community service, just to name a few things.”
Chang and pageant co-executive director Stephanie Pitman have both volunteered within the Miss America Organization for years, and they believe in what the program offers.
Three area teens are vying for the title of Miss Emerald Ridge Outstanding Teen – Piper Styles, of Marion; Allie Stafford, of Spruce Pine; and Maddie Price, of Denver. Miss Emerald Ridge’s Outstanding Teen will receive an official Miss America local crown and sash, a Queen’s bouquet and plaque, wardrobe incentives, a gift certificate from Jen Mink Photography and the entry fee to Miss NC Outstanding Teen.
Six girls age 6-12 will also be participating in Miss Emerald Ridge’s Carolina Princess mentoring program.
The pageant will include a tribute to local veterans during the evening gown portion and current Miss North Carolina Laura Matrazzo will make an appearance, only her second since being crowned in June.
General admission to the pageant is $12 at the door. Those who bring a food item for the backpack program will get $2 off admission.