IF YOU GO:
What: Ms. Senior Georgia Pageant
Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street in Roswell
When: 2 p.m. Aug. 17-18
Cost: $15 adults; $7 children under 12.
ROSWELL, Ga. — Martha Dudley, executive director of the Miss Senior Georgia pageant, says the Miss Senior Georgia Pageant is not as competitive as one might imagine pageants to be.
But that doesn’t mean that the ladies, ages 60 and up, are not in it to win it.
At 2 p.m. Aug. 17and Aug. 18, participants from throughout the state will take the Roswell Cultural Arts Center stage, 950 Forrest Street in Roswell.
This is the 24th year that the pageant takes place.
Dudley said that the participants have “gone through life,” and are therefore friendlier about it than perhaps the participants of other pageants may be.
There is a certain “camaraderie of being around ladies that age with positive energy and that are that outgoing in life. Once we are there we are friends forever.”
Set up similarly to the Miss America Pageant, the competition consists of an evening gown portion, a showcasing of each contestant’s talent, on stage questions and individual interviews with the judges.
In addition to this, each contestant has to provide a written statement for the judges about what they are passionate about in their lives. The only thing missing is the swimsuit competition.
Dudley, the 2006 Senior Miss Georgia, said the competition aim is to “present a positive outlook on life as a senior person,” and it seems these ladies are accomplishing just that.
As a testament to this mission statement, Dudley told about the “Dazzling Dames,” a club formed by participants of the pageant that performs at senior living homes and churches.
“It’s good for senior ladies to see other senior ladies perform,” Dudley said.