On Sunday, August 9th the community came together and packed out the Strand Theatre to see who would be crowned the first Miss Shelby. Seven young ladies representing Shelby County were there in their business best to vy for the honor. Mike Evans, the experienced MC oversaw the competition and helped us to get to know the ladies. The ladies’ chosen escorts ensured their safe transport to and from the spotlight.
During the first segment, we learned about each contestant’s chosen 501c3 Charity. The young ladies talked about what the charities purpose was and why it was important to them.
After a brief intermission, the young ladies returned to the stage in glamorous gowns. They also drew a question from a potential of three to respond to. Interestingly, only two of the three questions ended up being drawn by the seven debutantes. Some were asked who of those who had passed on they would most like to spend time with. The others were asked who their inspiration was. All of them did a fine job of responding to questions.
A special treat was given to the audience through the singing talents of a pair of Shelby Idol champions. Miss Emma Hill and Miss Olivia Reimann graced us by each singing a musical number.
Another special guest in attendance who joined DSD Organizer Amy Harness on the stage for the crowning was Katie Nuthak. Katie was last year’s Bears of Blue River Festival Queen. We thank her for joining us and “passing the crown” to our first Downtown Shelby Days Court.
After deliberation by the judges, they settled on a Miss Shelby and her Run Up Princess. First however, Skylar Goode was chosen by her peers in the competition as a DSD Princess. Her charity of choice to represent and raise funds for is her hometown of Waldron through Waldron Will.
After the crowning of Miss Skylar Goode, Destiny Pike was announced as the First Runner Up in the Inaugural Downtown Shelby Days Pageant. Destiny’s charity is Pantry Pals who supports the various local food pantries through fund raising and food drives.
For those that know her, it should be no surprise that Erica Marcum was selected as the First Miss Shelby. Her charity represented is the Strand Theatre where the competition took place. Per her own admission, she is no stranger to the Strand and has even been named a Shelby Idol in a past competition. Her comfort with the stage and spotlight showed through clearly and no doubt contributed to her being selected by the judges, Monica Lewis, Jill Evans, and Tracy Czerwonky.
Congratulations to all the young ladies, and especially to our First Miss Shelby, Miss Erica Marcum!