Miss Julia passed her first rite of passage on the way to coming a belle by participating in the Wee Miss Okefenokee Pageant last Saturday. I would like to think that she put some class back into the South Georgia beauty pageant circuit.
This event is held annually in Folkston, Georgia, the town over from where I grew up. It is a wonderful pageant which is run by Ms. Elaine Thornton. Mike and I even had the honor of judging it several years back. This is by no means a glitzy, tacky train wreck.
We stayed at Charlotte Nelson’s house and her daughter Amber came over early to style Miss Julia’s hair. That was no easy task, as Jules decided to throw a hissy fit the whole time. Bub had to finally intervene and calm her down.
Charlotte then helped me get Jules dressed, and she perked up immediately when she got to put her Cinderella slippers on. She was all princess after that!
My mom and dad, Susie and her girls, and Charlotte all came to watch Miss Julia perform. I was not sure that she would even get on stage, but she did. She loved every bit of the attention, prancing, blowing kisses, and even bowing gracefully to the audience before exiting. I had to literally pull her away.
In the end, she was 1st runner-up, Prettiest Eyes, Most Photogenic, and People’s Choice. No disrespect intended, but I think she may have had a good chance of winning had she have had a “pageant” dress on–I just did not want to spend a fortune on one not knowing if she would even get on stage. Instead I bought an elegant dress which she can wear again.
I think she looked beautiful and was so brave. I do not think I have ever been so proud. She is amazing in every way, and I had the best day with her bonding over a small town Southern tradition.