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Pageants take center stage at Spring Fling
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Kinsley Moore, 6, won Little Miss at Saturday’s Southern Standard Spring Fling Pageant. - photo by Sheila Fann

It is a Southern thing – a  Southern Standard thing that is.  

Saturday’s inaugural Southern Standard Spring Fling Pageant was a hit as babies, toddlers and youth competed for their titles at Three Star Mall. 

Christie Bryson decorated the pageant runway as shades of spring were brought to life by a large balloon garland, flowers and bows.

Event organizers Nikki Childers, Rebecca Grandy, and Debbie Patrick were all on hand assisting pageant contestants. Newspaper mascot Bonnie Bear made a special appearance as she assisted ace reporter Lisa Hobbs in judging the pageants.  

“It was very difficult to pick just one winner,” said Hobbs. “Scoring was based on outfit, personality, presentation, and general appearance. Because all the children were cute, well-dressed and well-behaved, we had to take a close look at personality to make our decisions. We struggled somewhat in our deliberations. However, in the end, first place went to the child who best exhibited all the scoring criteria. Congratulations to all the winners.” 

In other observations Hobbs noted:

Brayla Potter’s personality was matched only by her bright purple dress. Her smile and cheeks won the attention of the judges.

Racelyn Curtis’ mother picked the perfect outfit. The 1-year-old’s bubbly personality was as bright as the teal-colored dress she wore. A smile rarely left her face after she stepped onto the stage and into the spotlight.

Oakland Wright’s poise never wavered while on stage. She likely has a winning streak before her in the pageant world. The 4-year-old exhibited confidence that rivals most adults as she made uninterrupted eye contact with the judges.

The Spring Fling also included a number of craft vendors.

Newspaper publisher Pat Zechman said, “The vendors today have really made the day spectacular with all of the unique hand-crafted items on display. The mall has been a most gracious host making today run as smoothly as possible. Most of all we are thankful to see the community out and enjoying the day. We have loved seeing the smiling faces, and we are already looking forward to next year.”

Childers said of the Spring Fling, “We wanted to have something to benefit the community and something everyone could look forward to every year, and you know there are never enough pageants! We cannot thank our coworkers enough for their assistance today, and Jack Eslick has been invaluable in pulling all of this off with such success.”