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Lake Martin pageant returns for second year

Published 12:17pm Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Lake Martin is all about boating, swimming, water sports and – for the second year – the Ms. Lake Martin Pageant.

Organized by Susanne Hays and Tammy Lumpkin through Fairytale Pageant Productions, the pageant is set for May 18 at the Arbor at First United Methodist Church. Although the registration deadline has passed, Hays said they will still accept applicants.

“We’ve got the Baby Miss, Tiny Miss, Petite Miss, Little Miss, Miss Pre-teen, Junior Miss, Teen Miss, and Ms. age divisions,” Hays said. “They’ll be competing in party dress or evening gown, casual wear and photogenic categories, and they’ll lso have side events, like prettiest eyes and prettiest hair.”

The pageant is open to ages 0-22 years, Hays said.

“It’s a good starter pageant for girls who have never been in one before,” Hays said. “It gives them self confidence on stage, just being in front of people. They’re meeting new friends. You’ll be amazed at the friendships you’ll make.”

Making news friends was also an emphasis for Lumpkin.

“Different girls in the different surrounding areas are able to meet new friends,” Lumpkin said. “We don’t ask just girls from Alex City. They come from Tallassee, they come from Dadeville and they come from Coosa County.”

Hays said pageant participants will be in community parades, like the homecoming and Christmas parades, and will also be used in photo shoots by two of the pageant sponsors, Cloud 9 and Bridals and Formals by Penolia.

The pageant begins at 10 a.m. May 18. Cost to enter is $100. Cost to attend is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6–12 and free for children younger than 6.

Winners will receive cash prizes, and every entrant receives a goody bag and a tiara.

Hays said she felt drawn to bring this kind of event to the area.

“Lake Martin is one of the most beautiful lakes in Alabama,” Hays said. “I felt like we needed a pageant that represented the lake area since it’s such a big part of our community here. There are so many girls that participate in pageants, and we just didn’t have many in this area.

“Lake Martin just means a lot to a lot of people. I guess the pageant brings back a lot of memories, too.”

For more information or to participate in the pageant, call Lumpkin at 256-749-0924 or Hays at 256-825-2668.


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