I had so much fun roaming the Steele County Free Fair on it's last day with my big sis Miss South Central's Lauren Fellows. We watched the pig races, fed the greedy little animals in the petting zoo, and took a walk through the Village of Yesteryear. People always ask me about how I like having a pageant sister, and my answer is always, "I absolutely love it!". I'm the middle child of two brothers, so as you can imagine, I've always wanted is a sister, and I couldn't have gotten a better one. Lauren and I get along just like real sisters would. We tease each other constantly, such as determining just how many "un-outstanding" moments I've had – tripping up stairs, mispronouncing my title, or calling the wrong bingo number, but we also support each other in everything we do. I definitely have a new answer to the question, "Who inspires you?".
The Steele County Free Fair is this week, and I have to admit, I've spent quite a bit of time there. Not only did I ride the Kamikaze and eat many things on a stick, but I also had the privilege of getting interviewed on the main stage about being Miss South Central's Outstanding Teen. Talking to my community about the Miss America Organization was such a great opportunity, because I knew so many of them had the wrong impressions of pageants. I felt that this was my chance to plant the seed about just how beneficial and fun pageants are. When they asked me about my platform, I explained that it revolved around positive body image, and loving the body you're blessed with. The reaction I got from that audience was so inspirational. They applauded as I explained that we need to focus on making ourselves beautiful on the inside, and at the same time, care for the body that represents us on the outside. The support I received was so motivational in my mission to spread the word about true beauty. I felt I was able to enlighten my community members, and I hope I really encouraged other girls to get involved in pageants.
Happy Miracle Treat Day! I had such a great time making an appearance at the Owatonna Dairy Queen this afternoon. I also had the pleasure of meeting the Hagen family, who's daughter is a patient at Gillette! Meeting people like the Hagen's helps me remember exactly why reaching out in my community is so important. Thank you to everyone who purchased a blizzard to help support The Children's Miracle Network Hospitals! And for anyone still interested in helping out, you can always make a donation at your local Dairy Queen.
Wow, has this night been exciting! To think only a few weeks ago I was wobbling around my house in a pair of heels trying to nail my pageant walk, and now here I am, your Miss South Central's Outstanding Teen 2013. This entire experience has already been amazing, from the girls I've met, to the directors I've worked with, to the skills I've accumulated along the way. It's something I would encourage every girl to get involved in. I'm anxious to spread my platform "Rock What You've Got" with my community and anyone I happen to cross paths with, and I am psyched to be spending the next year with some truly inspirational girls. Thank you to everyone supporting me tonight! Your prayers and good luck wishes meant so much to me.
Thank you for visiting my blog! Come back often as I will update with pictures and journal about various appearances I make, share my platform, and prepare for Miss Minnesota in June!