HANCEVILLE – The new Ms. Senior Cullman County will be crowned on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Wallace State Community College (WSCC). The annual pageant, sponsored by the Cullman County Commission on Aging (COA), will be at the Betty Leeth Haynes Theater from 2 – 4 p.m. Ms. Senior Cullman County 2015, Vicki Rhodes Pendergrass, will bestow the honor upon this year’s winner.
As of Friday afternoon, 11 contestants have registered. The deadline to enter is next Tuesday, Jan. 19. Contestants can register at the COA office at 1539 Sportsman Lake Road NW in Cullman.
“There are a few qualifications one must meet to register,” said Angie Carter, COA representative and pageant director. “You have to be 60-years-old or older. You must currently live in Cullman, and you have to have lived here in Cullman for at least three months. Oh, and you have to be female.”
Carter said that this event is important for the community’s senior citizens because it celebrates them at their most elegant.
“It is the age of elegance for these ladies,” she said. “It is a great way to celebrate them.”
Ms. Senior Cullman County is eligible to participate in the Ms. Senior Alabama pageant later in the year, with the winner of the Alabama crown going on to represent the state at the Ms. Senior America event in Atlantic City, Jersey in the fall.
“Most of the ladies just compete for the title. You can only try three times, and I think this year we have two ladies who will be each trying to win for their third time,” Carter said.
Along with the title and crown comes a cash prize for an undisclosed amount, which goes to the winner and the alternates.
“The ladies always have a good time and make new friends,” Carter said.
The COA has several senior centers throughout the county. There are daily activities and the centers provide lunch on weekdays to everyone in attendance. Meals can also be delivered to homebound seniors. Visit http://www.cullmancoa.com/ to learn more, or call 256-734-1241.