There She Is...Miss Thousand Islands 2013

Just think, after this post, I'll stop chattering on about pageants for a few months! But for now, once again, we interrupt your regularly scheduled gluttonous musings to bring you this PSA (pageant service announcement):

Lonna McCary, 22, Irving, NY, was crowned Miss Thousand Islands 2013 on Saturday, August 11 at the Clayton Opera House. Lonna is a graduate student at Hilbert college, earning her masters deegree in criminal justice administration, and hopes to be a Parks Service officer. She sang "Son of a Preacher Man," for the talent competition Saturday night.

The Miss Thousands Islands Pageant celebrated the 2013 pageant with the theme Point of Service. Miss Thousand Islands 2012 Allison Carlos, from Watertown, crowned her successor, while the pageant was hosted by Miss TI 2007 Ann Walck Iannotta and Brian Patrick Sweeney. Miss Thousand Islands Outstanding Teen 2012 Maggie Ackerman also performed during the show, and our princesses Sarah and Joelle were on hand to help out in a big way.

Seven young women from upstate New York competed for the title. McCary received a $1,000 scholarship, in addition to winning the $150 Deltra Willis Award for Best Talent, and a trip to compete in the 2013 Miss New York Pageant in Staten Island next summer. First runner-up was Chelsea Brumagen, Hudson Falls, who also won the $150 Krugman-Simonitis Award for Best Interview and the Miracle Maker Award for raising the most money for the Children's Miracle Network. Second runner-up was Amy Hayes, Rexfod, who also was chosen Miss Congeniality, a $150 cash award, while third runner-up was Lauren Crandall, Fultonville. Ashley Loggins, from Albany, won the $150 Charles Webber Community Service Award.

Miss TI 2012 Allison Carlos gave an emotional farewell speech at the pageant, thanking her supporters and sponsors, A Touch of Grace, Page Fitness, April McClintock Photography and In Motion dance studio. She also performed her talent piece from Miss New York, "Rock Your Soul," and choreographed her In Motion dance students in a lyrical number to Leann Rymes' "Give."

Thank you to the contestants for working so hard all weekend, and all our volunteers for giving us your weekend, your energy, and your hearts. Our sponsors, both local businesses and individuals, are the best around, and we were so glad to see so many of you at the Clayton Opera House on Saturday evening. We look forward to working with Lonna in the coming months to prep her for Miss New York.

Thank you to Allie as well, for the most hilarious gift I've ever received from an outgoing Miss TI! You guys, Allie adopted a piggie for me!

I promise I won't try to eat him, but I WILL review a restaurant in Watkins Glen when we go visit Mr. Smithfield!

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