The evening began with a truly impressive ac-cappella rendition of our national anthem by outgoing 2009 queen Joelle Rankin-Goodwin. Then the competition phase of the pageant began (that's Joelle backstage ready to rock the house!).
Former Mrs. Oregons greeted their new sister queen to the fold after the pageant. Joy got a taste of what the year ahead will be like as she posed for tons of pictures with family, friends, and fans.
One of the special treats of the night went to Mrs. Medford, Deanna Bebeau. To the complete surprise of Deanna her dear friend Kathy Lauer (a wonderful lady well known and adored in pageant circles) made the trip in secret from Arizona to support her pageant sister. After the event Deanna, Kathy (whom I was thrilled to meet in person-photo coming soon I promise!) and I headed to one of our favorite Italian restaurants for some well deserved pasta.
Thank you Mrs. Oregon director Libby Crawford for a wonderful event. Joy is cetainly in for the year of a lifetime!