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Inaugural Queen Bee Pageant creating a buzz

Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 8:00 am

By David Knox

The inaugural Queen Bee Pageant will be Saturday, April 4, at 4:30 p.m. at Lynchburg Elementary School, said Senior Citizens Center Director Sharon Pragel.

Admission is a $5 donation.

Called “A Senior Pageant for Local Ladies 60+,” the Queen Bee Pageant is a fundraiser for the Moore County Senior Citizens Center. It costs $10 to enter the pageant, and it is for contestants who will be 60 years of age or older by April 4 and residents of Moore County for at least one year. Marital status is not a qualification.

Pragel said, “I have 10 entry forms returned, expecting more. This will be fun for participants and the audience. I’m hoping the Queen Bees will have a grandson or other family member escort them on the stage.”

The event is an idea whose time has come, said one of the organizers, local businesswoman Kellie Sandefur.

“I’ve seen senior pageants done at other places and thought that it would be so fun for our little town to try,” she said. “It’s an opportunity for our wonderful ladies to get dressed up and shine.

“We are getting help from Brandi Smith who is … the director of the “Fairest of the Fair” for Bedford County. She is very excited to help organize the pageant. We are also getting help from Allie Byrom and other Moore County pageant winners.”

There will be four categories: Yellow Rose Queen Bee (ages 60-69); Pink Rose Queen Bee (70-79); Red Rose Queen Bee (80 and up); and White Rose Queen Bee (nursing home contestants). The White Rose will be contested at the Lynchburg Nursing Home on a date yet to be announced. Every contestant will receive a gift.

Pragel said some of the women who have already signed up were going shopping for dresses.

“They are excited about the shopping trip,” she said. “A couple Queen Bees can’t go and wish very much they could. We have a few dresses here at the center donated to be used by any lady. They are on loan — sizes 16 and 18.”

The organizers have set an entry deadline of March 25. Applications are available at the Senior Citizens Center, Velma’s Candy and Farmers Bank. They can also be printed off the Lynchburg Queen Bee Senior Pageant’s Facebook page.