This weekend I joined the Miss Fulton County Scholarship Organization for the selection of its fortieth annual titleholder. The contest, held in Gloversville, NY, provided nearly $10,000 in scholarship opportunity and was viewed by a sold-out crowd of community supporters.
I spent the rehearsal day as well as morning interviews with the contestants. You know how people always ask if pageant girls are catty? Well, behold the most perfect answer to said question:
First, having been on the road for over a week, I had run out of clothes and had nothing to wear! I had mentioned this at rehearsal and when I arrived backstage for the show I found dozens of dresses in my dressing room. My confusion melted into a warm glow as I realized what had happened; contestants and the current Miss Fulton County, Kieren Sheridan, had brought me options from their own closets. After a few safety pins and some finagling, the incredible dressing room crew helped me work out a custom wardrobe entirely sponsored by the ladies! This silent act of sisterhood was topped when in the middle of the show, as girls rushed into their talent costumes, one contestant's talent dress tore open at the zipper. The entire back was split and she was minutes away from performing. Within five minutes someone had put her in one of their extra dresses and she was onstage like a rock star. And therein lies stunning proof of the caliber of women involved in this organization.
After a beautiful show the results finally came. And the winner is...
Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome Miss Fulton County 2012...Colleen Gagne!!!!
Colleen will be joining us this summer for the opportunity to take over my role, and will spend the coming year serving her local community as an ambassador for the organization. Congratulations and all the best to Colleen in her year ahead!
Congratulations and thank you to all the women of this weekend's pageant. You made my visit incredible! Thank you also to the Miss Fulton County Organization and all of its volunteers for the support you give to these young ladies! I had an absolute blast!
Meet Colleen and all our 2012 Local Titleholders.