"This scholarship pageant would not be possible without the generous support of the business community of Lincoln County. Each contestant is asked to sell program ads for her personal signature pages. In addition to ads, we also have pageant sponsors. We are pleased to have Chris Rhyne Financial Management sponsor the Business Wear and On-Stage question segment, Lincolnton Animal Hospital sponsor the Swim Wear Revue and Dr. Steve Austin/Austin Orthodontics sponsor the Evening Gown segment. Jeff Crotts of Knob Creek Orchards is sponsoring the Apple Queen’s Crown and Little Miss Lincoln County sponsors the Queen’s Sash. Odyssey All-Star Cheer & Tumble is hosting the concession stand this year and will have drinks, water, snacks, candy and pizza slices."
The work of putting on the big show at the Citizens Center begins months in advance. Cheryl tells us they're already working on next year's 40th Apple Queen pageant. For many years, Shirley Smith was in charge of the pageant. She also maintained Apple Queen memorabilia which has since been donated to the Historical Association. Amy Chapman Cable directed the pageant for many years.
This year's pageant is being directed and choreographed by one of the most popular former Queens, Erica Miller. Erica is a lifetime resident of Lincoln County. She was a competitive dancer for over 10 years at Alternative Steps Dance Studio. After winning the title of 2013 Miss Lincoln County Apple Queen, she began assisting in the production of the pageant, and has acted as director since 2015.
Erica is actively pursuing her modeling career, and has appeared on the New York Fashion Week runway and will head to Paris in September of this year. Erica is a full time student at Davidson, majoring in political science concentrating in religion, with plans to attend Law School to pursue a career of first amendment protection advocacy in Washington.
Tara West Reich is the Assistant Director. She is an honors graduate of Gardner-Webb University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and she works as a Senior Pharmaceutical Engineer at G&W Labs in Lincolnton. Tara began playing the violin at age four and has performed throughout the Southeast. She became involved in pageants by competing in the Miss Tennessee Pageant where she won the State Community Service Award for her work with Special Olympics. In addition, she was crowned the first Miss Gardner-Webb University. Tara currently lives in Lincolnton with her husband and six-year-old daughter.
Bryce Carey is again the Master of Ceremonies for the event.
Bryce is a freelance makeup artist and hairstylist working mostly in TV, Film and Web Production. He is a graduate of Paul Mitchell School and was recently named one of Paul Mitchell’s most successful top 10 graduates. He is the resident beauty expert for FOX "Good Day Charlotte," and can be seen weekly on-air sharing beauty insights, pro tips and tricks and new products. Bryce's work has been featured in Vanity Fair, Seventeen, Marie Claire, Teen Vogue, Southern Living, Hunger Games, the Hallmark Channel, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, Disney Channel, the SEC Network and ESPN. Bryce is a graduate of Lincolnton High School and recently moved back to Lincolnton with his mini schnauzer rescue, Tallulah.
The photo gallery attached to this article has photos of eleven of the contestants. Another photo gallery was attached to an earlier article with individual photos and comments from the other 10.
Tickets will be available at the door which will open at 5:30 PM. The pageant begins at 6. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under and senior citizens.
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