Proving (yet again) that this magical girl can do anything well -- our niece, Megan, successfully competed in the Days of 47 Royalty Pageant.
The Days of 47 is a statewide celebration to commemorate the great entrance of the pioneers into Utah in 1847. It's kind of a big deal. There are months of really fantastic festivities, including parades and rodeos and religious services and kids fun days and luncheons and an art show and more, all leading to the 24th of July (the day B.Y. rolled into town). Really, lots of fun!
A Days of 47 Queen and court of attendants are selected only from qualified young women who are direct descendants of those original pioneers, and they spend months paying homage to their ancestors by telling their stories and inspiring others to learn from their sacrifices. There is usually quite a long line of royalty hopefuls, as there is some prestige to the appointment (they get to meet the prophet and dine with the governor, among others) and quite generous scholarships. Many girls compete year after year, and most who actually nab a spot in the royalty do so only after a second or third try, with the help of mentors.
This year the group was smaller than usual (30 or 40), but all extremely impressive in their own ways. Still, Megan looked so bright and composed in her interview suit, and she was fantastic on stage (even when the emcee asked her the wrong question -- something about tennis, which she knows nothing about!). I was extremely proud, particularly knowing how genuine and kind and graceful she is in real life. Ultimately, the judges were also impressed, and she was selected into the royalty with two other wonderful girls.
She's already begun doing some service projects, with many more appearances in coming weeks. We know she'll make a lovely princess!
"But, wait," you say. "Doesn't that dress look familiar?" Why, yes -- I wore it exactly ten years ago myself...
This is the third from our family -- Karen was the first of the Haigh line to be included in the royalty.