Beauty Pageant – Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 at 7PM

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The Mule Day Pageant will be held on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 at 7PM in the Cherry Theater at Columbia State Community College.
We will crown a Queen and her court consisting of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th runners up. Contestants must be 15 – 21 years of age and a resident or student in Maury County. Cash awards will be given to the Queen and her court.
The Queen and her court will make appearances at all Mule Day events, be interviewed by local radio stations and newspapers, take a trip to the State Capitol in Nashville, and take part in other functions to promote our Mule Day event.  Sharon Puckett, Nashville TV personality, will again be the emcee for the pageant. Contact the Mule Day office for an application or for more details  Info@Muleday.com

 

Words from Your 2018 Mule Day Queen, Ginger Morrow

If there is anything my sixteen years of attending Mule Day has taught me, it is that individuality makes the world go round.
The Mule Day Pageant experience was all-new to me when I first competed in 2017. I had never been in any kind of pageant before. However, the appeal of this pageant was different; the speech contest and interview portions would give me an avenue to present myself in a way I did have previous experience with. Additionally, the title offered bountiful opportunities around the community and state. I placed 2nd Runner Up in 2017, and though the court experience was wonderful, it left much to be desired.
The 2018 pageant granted me a year to represent my county in my own way, and I am forever grateful for it. The year of my reign would be the first year I got to leave my stamp on Maury County history. This would be my chance to imprint my individuality on a title that has persisted to excite our community for decades. Moreover, it would be a chance to use that title to benefit the place I love the most.
I am proud to have brought new elements to Mule Week 2018 that are unique to my reign, including a hashtag (#MDQSpotted) to engage young Mule Day attendees and the Queen’s Choice Award, an honor that gave me the chance to utilize my knowledge of horse conformation (thank you, Maury County 4-H!).  Now the award is becoming a yearly event for every queen to follow. After Mule Week, the year was mine to reign over, and I truly felt I wanted to reign for a full year and not just Mule Week.
In this year I have experienced Maury County as never before. Columbia is now filled to the brim with local businesses to promote. I was overjoyed to be received so well by these businesses and to use my title as a platform for social media promotions. Some of these businesses were even kind enough to supply the prizes for the Queen’s Choice Award! Columbia boasts a wealth of historical sites, too, and I was also honored to bring these more into the public eye. Being a lover of regional history, these experiences were especially dear to me. Promotions like these were the highlight of my year.
Because the Mule Day Pageant is so unique, I was excited to promote it. My first year of competing attracted only fifteen girls, and the next year brought only twelve. I know there are certainly more girls that are as in love with Maury County as I am, and I wanted to reach out to them and encourage them to compete. It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose because the experience is far worth the effort.
I hope in my reign I have shown that success and convention are not synonymous, nor do they work in tandem. I believe that to be successful is to highlight that which sets you apart from others. Presenting with something real and unique makes you the best and most memorable version of yourself in the eyes of others.
I hope in my reign I have shown that “pageant” is not a bad word. Pageants are tools that any girl can use to grow more comfortable expressing her individuality with. More than that, they are bridges to once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Girls introverted or extroverted, retrospective or forward-thinking, reserved or exuberant, practical or imaginative, and academic or athletic, as well as any combination of these, have potential in the pageant world. The greatest task is finding the pageant meant for you, and the Mule Day Pageant, with its areas of competition that are both cognitively and creatively demanding, was the pageant for me. It was the bridge that connected me inseparably to my community and its members, to this holiday and its history, and to this title and its influence. It is what gave me the rare chance to permanently impact the perception of this title by the general public and introduce new features to the reign. Maury County girls, like our famous mules, are strong, intelligent, and independent, and that is why the Mule Day Pageant and Queen title are so important to our community and history.
Individuality makes Mule Day possible. If everyone liked or disliked the same things, Mule Day, with its wide variety of offerings to suit every taste, would never be successful. It brings me great pleasure to have reigned in a way that was unexpected, new, and original to myself. I believe that embodies the Mule Day spirit, the Maury County spirit, and the American spirit. I encourage all Mule Day attendees to seek contentment in Mule Day activities. There is something here for you, no matter who you are, and there is nothing like Mule Day, no matter where you go.

Your 2018 Mule Day Queen,
Ginger Morrow

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