One of the 2013 winners, Annie Yonge
If you think pageants are all fun and games . . . this year, you would be right.
The 53rd Annual Dogwood Trail Pageant and Scholarship Program drew nearly 1,000 people to the Fairhope Civic Center last month. The fun and games part? Â Well, that was this year’s theme. Â Each of the 42 contestants were assigned a childhood game and asked to give a short presentation in costume of that game. Â Checkers, Jenga, Clue and Operation all started the evening off with F-U-N!
If you didn’t get your ticket early, you were out of luck.
But some games require high degrees of skill, and that applies to these up and coming future leaders of our community. Â “Sharp” doesn’t even begin to describe the intelligence, poise, and many capabilities of these young ladies. Â The interviewing, scheduling, and personal relation skills needed for this year–long commitment will groom these teens for greatness.
The Optimist Club of the Eastern Shore has been graciously sponsoring this pageant for many years and funding it through the sale of Christmas Trees.
Our own Fairhope High School graduate and current U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin was part of this pageant in 1974, and placed in the top ten finalists. Other participants have gone on to become successful in a wide range of other areas.
Dogwood Trail Maids from past years
Representing our Eastern Shore community at various events throughout the year, including the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C., the Trail Maids are the best possible ambassadors for our corner of the world.
People recognize this group by their beautiful hand-sewn, hoop-skirt dresses that create the illusion of flowers floating on air, but the truth is, the dresses only serve as a symbol of the elegance the wearers possess within.
What contributes to the overall beauty and growth of a Dogwood?
And these young ladies have their roots planted firmly in the rich traditions of Baldwin County Alabama. Â Just stand back, and watch them grow!
Congratulations to our own 2013 Dogwood Trail Maids!
Peach – Emily Cook
Lavender – Kaitlyn Hickman
Blue – Rachel Jernigan
Yellow – Aubrey Little
Green – Kristi McCoy
Pink – Savannah Middleton
Aqua – Annie Yonge
Thank you to the Eastern Shore Optimist Club, The Dogwood Trail Pageant and Chris Finerty for the use of photos.