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Subject: Presenting 2005 Swamp Cabbage Queen and Princess

Donna Meister
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Date Posted: 02/16/05 5:31:37pm

Top Queen contestants in the 2005 Miss LaBelle Swamp Cabbage Festival Queen Contest were, from left: second runner-up Lizzy Nobles, 2004 Queen Ashley Rose, 2005 Queen Amanda Pittman, first runner-up Amber Williams.
If you missed this year's Swamp Cabbage Queen Pageant contest, you can start kicking yourself now! Promise yourself that you won't let THAT happen ever again! Life is just too short not to take every advantage of being thoroughly entertained, enthralled and captivated.

This year's winners were: Queen Amanda Pittman, first runner-up Amber Williams, second runner-up Lizzy Nobles; Most Talented Amanda Pittman Miss Congeniality Lizzy Nobles, Most Photogenic Brittany Stewart. Princess - Rhonda Burton, first runner-up Miesha Pharis, second runner-up Mallory Allen, Most Talented was a tie between Miesha Pharis and Rhonda Burton; Most Photogenic Nicaela Marroquin, Most Ticket Sales Kaleigh Woodward, Most Patron Sales Kaleigh Woodward.

Talent winners

Miesha Pharis really got the crowd clapping to her "Devil Went Down to Georgia" high spirited, energetic clogging routine. Rhonda Burton was a stunning beauty dancing to "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" in her up-beat, on point ballet number. Amanda Pittman impressed everyone as she sang and danced to a musical theater selection from the Broadway hit Chicago entitled "I Can't Do it Alone."

The Jaycees have sponsored the event for the last 39 years. The pageant staff surprised Mrs. Cindy Howard Miller and selected her as the honorary queen on the anniversary of her being chosen first runner-up in 1967. She has spent many countless hours devoted to the pageant over the years.

The entertainment produced by the contestants past and present wowed everyone in the audience. The opening song and dance number from the Broadway musical Chicago, "All that Jazz," was a most spectacular way to start the 2005 Swamp Cabbage Pageant. 2004 reigning Queen Ashley Rose sang a soulful country song, "With a Broken Wing." She also sang a comical number from Little Orphan Annie, and was joined on stage by her four-year old niece, who added just the right touch for the song. 2004 Princess, Kourtenay Kelting and her mother, Kandis, sang a poignant duet entitled, "There You'll Be," Gifted Elesa Zimmerly did a great job filling in with wonderful vocals.

For tradition the 2005 Pioneer Family, the Ballards, Grand Marshall Martha Raye Humphries and Cattleman of the Year, Billy Joe Tyndall were honored and presented to the audience as special guests.

If you ever wondered about the youth of LaBelle, the pageant is good place to find out. Poise, intelligence, determination and the talent of these lovely young ladies was obvious to all - not to mention their beauty. Each young lady had her own special beauty and charm. The choice of costumes to go along with their speeches showed off their personality. Their chosen speech was taken from any of the multitude of Broadway shows. Each unique evening gown selected by the "lovelies" seemed to be made especially with each one in mind.

Being what these contests are all about, there can be only one top winner. However, hopefully each young lady will take away a sense of accomplishment and the respect of their family and peers for all the hours of hard work that was put in to create such an enchanted evening. Well done!

2002 Swamp Cabbage Queen and Volunteer Pageant Director Cathryn Miller did a fabulous job putting on a delightful event. She had plenty of assistance from her staff, including but not limited to: Brittany Kinney, Tiffany Taylor, Cindy Miller, JerriLynn Merritt, Melinda Orlinski, Donna Hodges, Daniel Rodriguez, Sherri Bennett, Mona and Nancy Tanner.

Once again Ken Pickles as the masterful Master of Ceremonies managed to keep the pageant running smoothly. He graciously requested more than once that the audience stay seated while the contestants were performing. Unfortunately, several people were just plain rude and didn't feel his pleas were meant for them. The live circling bat flying near the ceiling of the LHS Auditorium had nothing to do with people moving about. Just an unintended interesting touch!

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