My name isBrittany, I am the pageant director of Uptown Princess. I remember watching beauty pageants on TV all the time. They just amazed me, and I fell in love with watching them. Seeing all those confident women on stage, oh how I wanted to be up there one day. I never had the confidence as they did, so I just watched from the sidelines. One thing I did tell myself when I have a daughter, I hope she loves them as much as me. For I will teach her to be confident, and she can show the world what she’s made of! Now that I have a daughter of my own she has competed in a few. These beauty pageants weren’t exactly what I was looking for. Don’t get me wrong they were wonderful but I knew there was something missing. Living in a small community I would have to travel out of town or state to find exactly what I was looking for. Traveling became pricey from the beginning. Purchasing a dress, outfits, gas, and hotels definitely added up. So this is where the idea came into mind of putting together my own pageants for my community. I wanted to introduce our community to a different side of the pageant industry. How does one start a pageant I asked myself. So, I did a lot of research for about 2 years on how to put together a pageant. Watched tons of videos on pageants, paid attention to every detail. It's definitely not an easy task to do all by yourself, so my Fiance Michael stepped up to help me make these pageants possible. He knew how much this meant to me. We worked together on making this all happen, and bring this new different event to our town. With these pageants we wanted each of them to have a theme, and different from one after the next. We have hosted 2 pageants in our community. We are hoping and pushing for it to grow into something bigger. The first beauty pageant turned out exactly how I pictured it would. We had so many wonderful amazing talented contestants. They hold a special place in my heart. Each and everyone of them helped make this possible. Most people think beauty pageants are all about beauty but they're not. There's so much more to them. I believe it will help young girls and young women with their confidence, their strengths, and raise their self esteem about themselves. Something I wish I could have had growing up. I guess, I can now say I have that confidence. Getting up there on stage and sharing my story of becoming a Pageant Director. I'm focusing on setting an example for all these young girls and young women that your goals are possible. One of my goals has finally come true and I couldn’t be happier. My goal isn’t finished because there is so much that needs to be done. All I know is that it has opened many doors to a brighter future! So remember don’t hold back, push yourself to succeed in all your ambitions!!! May y'all shine bright like a diamond, and continue to be courageous! Yours Truly Brittany ❤
These beautiful tall crowns!!
My Princess! The one who I will help guide to be courageous!
The amazing talented contestants, who made all this possible!!
Hey, from Special Kay! I recently moved to Graham County from Bullhead City, Arizona; however, I was raised in Minnesota, BRRRR! I know, right. I came to Safford with no real idea of what to expect. It was in May 2019; I came to check it out.
After a Beautiful Nine-Hour Drive Luckily I ended up eating at La Casita Cafe; it looks like a little castle in Thatcher, Arizona, with yummy homemade salsa and delicious tacos. I stayed at The Lazy Traveler in Safford as it has my middle name, traveler, not lazy. It's a unique Inn that is walking distance from Main Street. So I ventured along Safford's Historic Downtown Main Street, where I happen to go into the quaintest coffee shop. Ginaveve's Market not only has coffee but gelato, a fresh salad bar with a wide variety of gourmet balsamic vinegar and olive oil, and so much more. After a Good Night's Sleep I drove up the winding newly paved road up breathtaking Mt. graham over 20 miles, where I saw two dear that just stopped to pose for a picture. I heard Rigg's Flat Lake is at the top, but I didn't make it that far. I cruised around town and the outskirts of town to see if this is a place I could see myself living. I was excited to see the big car dealers and all the new vehicles driving around. I also enjoyed seeing the beautiful courthouse, the lawn with the flag flying high, and the little statue on the corner of 8th and Main Street with the two small children reading together. It reminded me of when my children were little. There were several schools and churches, a couple of theaters, and a variety of small shops, eateries, hair salons, and restaurants. I did wonder into Debbie's, a craft shop on Main Street that not only has a ton of things to make crafts, but also has a variety of consignment items and classes. I also saw some beautiful properties with fantastic landscaping, some home improvements, and the construction of a variety of buildings. Heading west out of town, I had to stop at Gila Outdoors to check out the ATV trails in the area. I was happy to find there are more than I will ever see. Taylor Freeze was my last stop where I had a blueberry shake with real blue berries.
Special Kay is Moving to Safford I experienced a good community, and I felt like I could call this place home. That is the beginning of my "What is was like to move to Graham County" story. Next time, I will tell you about some of the first people I met that changed my life forever.
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