June is month full of pageantry

Published 1:48 am Saturday, June 27, 2015

In covering both the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Pageant and the Miss Mississippi Pageant, I will have attended five preliminary competitions and two final nights of competitions within the span of one month. That is a lot of pageantry over a 30-day period.

I have to admit I am a little exhausted. It can be tiring to doll up, put on makeup and straighten my hair consecutive nights in a row, but the fatigue has been well worth it.

Both the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Pageant and the Miss Mississippi Pageant shows have been entertaining and fun. Vicksburg is home to some awesomely talented people including the two executive producers and two choreographers for the teen and misses pageants, Janie Fedell, Taylor Thomas Hoseman, Amy Jackson and Chesley Sadler Lambiotte, respectively.

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These four women have worked “jazzy magic” into the month of June in Vicksburg, and my guess is they may be a bit exhausted after it is all over, too!

Tonight, our community will crown a new Miss Mississippi, and after a brief interview and story for Sunday’s paper, I will be relegated to spending my evenings at home once again.

As much as I have delighted in all the entertainment these two pageants have offered, I have to admit I am looking forward to what some may call boring nights at home.

There was a time that repeatedly going out night after night was fun, but gone are my youthful days of wanting to buy a new dress for an evening out on the town. In fact, just going out for a quick bite has sometimes even become daunting.

My poor husband has repeatedly invited me out for dinner, and all I can think about is how all I want to do is lounge around the house, sip on my glass of wine, watch a couple of episodes of “House of Cards” on Netflix and then crawl into bed to read.

I am afraid I am on the way to becoming a fuddy duddy.

I would never have thought I would have become like this, perfectly satisfied to spend a quiet evening at home in my sweats and t-shirt.  However, if I was going to give up a few nights in the evening of watching TV and wearing lipstick past noon, covering the pageants for the newspapers has been well worth the sacrifice.

Hanging out with royalty offers some nice benefits, and I always enjoy a live performance.

Vicksburg has many fine features to garner our pride, and playing host to these two state pageants lands near the top of the list.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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