Thanks for the Memories!

Pageants last long after the lights on stage dim, they are the memories that live on in our lives. They mark a time in life. Several people have shared their thoughts and memories about the Miss Lancaster Pageant.

“I am happy to see that my grandmother’s legacy is coming back to life. I was honored when Lynda Watson contacted me and asked if I would emcee the pageant. I feel like my grandmother is looking down on me and she is beaming with pride. I appreciate being asked to participate and feel like I am honoring my late grandmother.”  said Katherine Williams Foo, the granddaughter of Susan Connelly


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Mrs. Connelly was the charter local executive director of Miss Lancaster Pageant for 48 years and Lancaster Pageants, Inc. She currently was the longest-serving volunteer in the United States with the Miss South Carolina and the Miss America Organizations and Field Director Emeritus for Miss South Carolina Organization. She served on the Board of Directors for the Miss South Carolina Scholarship Foundation.


“I feel like Miss Lancaster Pageant is a great opportunity for girls to gain life experiences as well as the possibility of scholarships to help further their education. I think the town of Lancaster has always taken great pride in this pageant system and the contestants that represent us. Miss Lancaster represents beauty, grace, intelligence, and class.” Said former contestant Erica Beckham Hegler.

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Mother of Kasie Faulkenberry, April Joplin said ” Before Kasie won the Miss Kershaw Teen title last year, she was a contestant in the Miss Teen South Carolina pageant with a former title. She worked very hard but didn’t place in her division. As any parent, I want my daughter to win, but I was more proud of how she handled that loss than any of the titles she has won.”

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“Reece started to dance at Susan Connelly’s studio during the transition when Kim Forrest took over dance and later the Miss Lancaster Pageant. Kim recruited some of her dancers to compete. Since Devon and I both participated in pageants during our youth we decided to let her. Reece loved having her pictures taken. She was a huge fan of Disney Princesses so her favorite part was wearing the “princess dress”. However, Reece was very shy on stage so she didn’t quite win the judges over! Lol, She did win most photogenic and most ads sold in the program.” Denise Walker, mother of Reece Walker said.

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Tomorrow evening, more memories will be made and a new group of young women will begin a journey. The Miss Lancaster/ Miss Kershaw Pageant will begin at 7pm Saturday the 24th at The Bundy Auditorium in Lancaster. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door. You may see the next Miss South Carolina or Miss America.

Categories: Kershaw, Lancaster

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