‘By Joshua Lucero
Competing in pageants is nothing new for 8-year-old Alexis Brown, winner of the second annual Little Miss Curry County Fair Pageant.
Brown, who competed in the 2013 pageant, said she enjoyed participating in the event for the experience.
The pageant, organized by the Curry County Events Center staff, featured seven contestants divided into three age groups; ages 3-4 competed as Sweethearts, ages 5-7 registered as Darlings, and ages 8-10 competed in the Princess category.
A winner was chosen from each group to compete for the title of queen.
Alexis has competed in pageants in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, according to her mother, Christina Brown
“I like everything,” Brown said of the pageant.
Brown added, “Hair and makeup was the hardest part.”
Brown’s mother, Christina Brown, said she spent more than an hour preparing her hair and makeup for the pageant.
Contestants dressed in party dresses, formal wear, and Sunday best to win over the panel of judges.
Each judge looked for eye contact, smiles, stage presence, and poise, according to first-time pageant judge Sally Winkleman.
Winkleman said she believes the pageant is a good experience for the girls as long as they like doing it.
“If the children enjoy it and the parents enjoy it then I think it’s a good thing.” said Winkleman.
Zaniya Roddy, 4, who also competed in the 2013 pageant, said she liked putting her outfit together.
“I like my shoes and I like my earrings because they’re so pretty,” said Roddy.
Roddy’s mother, Elizabeth Roddy of Clovis, said Zaniya liked competing in the pageant because it was nice and simple.
Roddy said Zaniya has been participating in pageants for about year.
Zaniya won the Sweetheart category of the pageant.
Madison Miller, 6, said her favorite part of the pageant was the crown she won for the Darling category.
Miller’s mother Joni Miller said the pageant was Madison’s first.
Miller said they decided to go all natural with hair and makeup for the pageant and it paid off.
“She said she wants to do it again next year.” said Miller.
Today’s Curry County Fair schedule
(Special Needs Day)
• 9 a.m.: Curry County Bred Lamb Show at the Kevin Roberts Show Arena
• 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.: Special Needs Day activities
• 4 p.m.-10 p.m.: Antique showcase at the Old House
• 4 p.m.-10 p.m.: Agriculture and Home Arts buildings exhibits open
• 4 p.m.-10 p.m.: Commercial Barn and Indoor Pavilion Building and exhibits open
• 4:30 p.m.: Junior breeding cattle show at the Kevin Roberts Show Arena
• 5 p.m.: Junior market steer show at the Kevin Roberts Show Arena
• 5 p.m.-Midnight: Carnival open
• 5:30 p.m.: Pie baking contest judging at Indoor Pavilion
• 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: Conjurer fortune teller
• 6 p.m.: Flying Fools High Dive Show at the entertainment slab
• 6:30 p.m.: Little Buckaroo Rodeo at the Grass Show Arena
• 7 p.m.-8 p.m.: Conjurer fortune teller
• 7:30 p.m.: Flying Fools High Dive Show at the entertainment slab
• 8 p.m.: Little Joe & La Familia at the Curry County Events Center
• 8 p.m.-Midnight: DJ and dance at the Dance Pavilion
• 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.: Conjurer fortune teller
• 9 p.m.: Flying Fools Fire Dive Show at the entertainment slab