Miss California Takes on South Dakota

IMG_8248I am so happy to be back in California after spending a week in South Dakota. Other than my trip to Miss America and the occasional trip to Reno, I had never really spent a significant amount of time in another state. Before I went, I was thinking that Sioux Falls South Dakota was going to be some middle-of-nowhere place that had one bank, a school, and a grocery store and that’s it. I was really wrong. There was a lot that I noticed about this particular area of South Dakota.
The Weather
IMG_8268Obviously, I knew it was going to be cold. Well, let me tell you, those of us who have grown up in California our whole lives have absolutely no idea what winter feels like. Even myself, being from Northern California near Tahoe and getting snow once or twice a year did not prepare me for the cold of South Dakota. The whole time I was there, the temperature was never above 40 degrees. Now, 40 degrees isn’t so bad. However, the wind chill made it feel like it was 6 degrees (according to my weather app). On top of that, everyone I talked to said that it was unseasonably WARM! The temperature there can get as low as -20. I can’t even begin to imagine what that feels like.
The People
One thing I noticed while I was there was that everyone was so friendly. I didn’t speak to one unpleasant person the entire trip. Now, I’m not saying that people in California aren’t friendly, but this was on a whole different level. Everyone, and I mean everyone, was extremely over-the-top friendly. Whether it was a waitress or an employee at Walmart, everyone was so kind. It just seemed like every person there was having a great day regardless of where they worked.
The Stores
Okay, so like I said, I thought I was going to be in a remote area with nothing around except the necessities. Well, the shopping there was ridiculous. Keep in mind that Sioux Falls is small. You could easily get from one end to the other in about 20 minutes. In that small area there was a huge mall, a Walmart, Sam’s Club, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, and so much more. The one thing that I thought was really odd, though, was how many mattress stores there were. I counted at least 8. In California, there’s a coffee shop on every corner. Apparently in Sioux Falls, there’s a mattress store on every corner.
The Falls
FullSizeRender.jpg-5While I was there, I knew I was going to have to go check out the falls. I’m so glad I did because they were beautiful. The park was all lit up for Christmas and the falls themselves were lit up, too. Unfortunately I didn’t get to walk around and enjoy it all that much because the night I wen’t happened to be the coldest night I was there (wind chill at 6 degrees), and this California girl just couldn’t handle that kind of cold.
IMG_8258.JPGThe downtown area of Sioux Falls was SO. DANG. CUTE! To me, it felt very much like the downtown area of San Luis Obispo, just on a little bit of a larger scale. It was definitely an area that I would love to walk around and explore with a hot chocolate in hand. It was also all lit up for Christmas, which probably made it even cuter to me (I’m a sucker for Christmas time).
The Real Estate
Sometimes when I’m bored, I like to go on Zillow and look at real estate in other areas. While I was in Sioux Falls, I did just that. I was shocked at how much your money can get you out there! One of the houses I found had 6 bedrooms, 5 baths, and was 2,800 square feet listed at $289,000. This was really difficult for me to wrap my head around. I knew that California was one of the more expensive places to live, but I never realized just how big that gap is compared to other areas. However, I’ve always been a firm believer in “you get what you pay for,” and there really isn’t anything that beats California weather. We are so lucky to live in a state where you can go to the beach, hiking and skiing all in the same day if you want.

Local Contestants can meet Miss America 2018 this June in Fresno!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

We have now crowned all of our titleholders for 2017.  Congratulations to those that are already a part of the Class of 2018.

For those of you who have participated in a local but didn’t take home the crown, you have an opportunity to meet and greet with Miss America 2018 Cara Mund and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2018 Jessica Baeder.  They are both coming to the competition in Fresno this June and we are creating an event for just our local contestants.  This will be your chance to be one on one with the women who have the job(s) you aspire to obtain.  It is truly a once in a lifetime chance.  Local contestants can also earn tickets to the Miss California Finals and the Invitation Only President’s Reception.  You can drive up to Fresno, meet Miss America, come to the President’s Reception and then sit in excellent seats for the finals.

There are opportunities for our Titleholders of the Class of 2018 to create their own section of the Competition Magazine and our Princesses to have a Tea with Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen.  Read the packet below and watch the video for all the details!!

Miss-California-Ad-Page-Booklet 2018

Take a look and I hope to see you in Fresno in June!

Patricia Murray, Miss California ED

On our way to Fresno!

On my way to Fresno and telling you a little bit about me and why I am competing in the Miss California.
by: J.R. Nessary – Miss Southland

Three Months as Miss North Valley

Sara_Beth_Arroyo-Miss-North_Valley_blog2-optSometimes I still find myself in awe that three months ago I was crowned Miss North Valley 2017 and given the opportunity to compete later this month at Miss California, but I will be forever grateful for the life changing experiences which my involvement in this organization has offered.

I began my journey in the Miss California program when I was 14 years old. Shy, awkward, and bumbling through my teen years, I participated in the local pageant of my hometown and instantly fell in love with our organization and everything that they stand for. My time as a contestant, and now as Miss North Valley, have given me an opportunity to improve both my life and the lives of others around me.

During my years as a contestant, I have been able to earn scholarship money so that now, one year after graduating with a Bachelors of Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo I have completely paid off my education. Because of this program, I have been able to begin plans to further my education at law school, in pursuit of my career aspiration to become a trademark law attorney.

Since crowned three months ago, I have volunteered at service events, like the Rady Children’s Hospital March of Quarters in San Diego, seeing first hand the incredible impact which the Miss America partnership with Children’s Miracle Network holds. Something which is incredibly important to me, is that I have been able to bring light to my platform, The Grateful Garment Project, a non-profit which offers aid to victims of sexual assault; I feel incredibly fortunate that my title as Miss North Valley has not only spread the mission of the organization but has also aided in collecting supplies and in-kind donations for their cause.

Sara_Beth_Arroyo-Miss-North_Valley_blog1Beyond these enrichments which the Miss America and Miss California programs have offered, the relationship which I have formed with my fellow Miss California sisters have truly affected my life for the better. Being surrounded by so many intelligent, passionate and talented woman continues to motivate me to achieve my best self. I am excited to be reunited with all of our 2017 contestants in just a few short weeks and to hold friendships with these amazing young ladies for the rest of my life.

You can follow my journey through the Miss California program my following the Miss North Valley Instagram account (@missnorthvalley) and Facebook page (@missnorthvalleyca).

Sara Beth

How to make a healthier version of one of my favorite sweet treats!

I’m Miss Delta Valley 2017, and I want to show you how to make a healthier version of one of my favorite sweet treats!
by: Nicole Hornaday – Miss Delta Valley 2017

Q&A with Miss Desert Southland, Raena Ramirez

I’m answering questions that you all asked me! Find out everything from my experience last year at Miss California to what kind of pets I have.
by: Raena Ramirez – Desert Southland 2017

Take Miss Fresno County out to the ball game!

Take Miss Fresno County out to the ball game. Come join me on this summer night for a night full of home runs, hot dogs, and as we root root root for the home team.
by: Hannah Huyck – Miss Fresno 2017

“1 in 150 million” the story of an orphan with Dream

Abby_Omolafe-Miss_Hollywood_2017_1And your new Miss Hollywood for 2017 is….. Contestant number 15 Abby Omolafe!!!!!! March 11, 2017, was one of the happiest days of my life! Because it was the day I was crowned Miss Hollywood 2017 I began a journey that would change my life forever. Being crowned Miss Hollywood 2017 has given me a voice to continue talking about a subject that is very important to me; my platform. My platform is Until They All Have Home; Supporting the Orphan Epidemic All Over the World.

Abby_Omolafe-Miss_Hollywood_2017_7-optAs you can tell from the title of my platform, working with orphanages is very dear to me. That’s because I am an orphan; I lost my parents when I was 10 years old. Unlike most orphans, I was lucky because my brothers and I were adopted by my maternal grandmother, and brought to America from Nigeria Africa. With over 150 million orphan worldwide and 17.5 million orphans in Nigeria alone. I understand firsthand the plight orphans have to face in Africa, like lack of access to basic necessities, Healthcare, education and a home to call their own. With no one to turn to and not having the resources to take care of themselves these children are the easiest targets for child laborers Human traffickers, and child sexual exploitation. And this happens all over the world. It is especially worse in places like India and China, the countries with the largest group of orphans. So, my grandmother and I decided to create an orphanage in the same home I grew up in, in Nigeria. We use creative fundraisers like fashion/talent shows, galas, and silent auctions, to raise money to provide for the orphans we take in, and the people hired to take care of them.
Abby_Omolafe-Miss_Hollywood_2017_8I have begun the same efforts here in America. When I first started to progress my outreach here in America I was amazed to find out that there is no official orphanage system in America and that we only have the foster care system. And with over 400,000 foster children in America, with very minimal resources.

I partnered with organizations like Together We Rise, and Olive Crest Agency, to help provide basic necessities for foster children. When I found out that foster children are given trash bags and have to pack their things using those trash bags it broke my heart, to think the things that we take for granted, some children don’t even have it. So I set out to change it by helping collect suitcases. This past

April I collected 44 suitcases, duffel bags, diaper bags and backpacks filled with toiletries, stuff toys, blankets and sanitary products for teen girls. Each and every suitcase was personalized to the age and gender of the child. I donated these items to the olive crest agency in Los Angeles County.

Abby_Omolafe-Miss_Hollywood_2017_5The suitcases personalized to age and gender of the child
Abby_Omolafe-Miss_Hollywood_2017_6The No More Trash Bag Suitcase Drive on April 8th

I know I can’t rescue all orphans and I certainly can’t give comfort to all foster children. But every time I think about the second chance I was given to be able to live like a normal kid and grow up without having to worry about where my next meal is coming from or how I have to sleep on the street. And to be able to even compete with Miss America Organization. I know it is my duty to help others like me and I will never relent from trying my best at helping as many of these children as I can. It really does take a person to say “we can” to make a difference. Helping these children is one of the biggest reasons why I’m thankful for my title and would love the opportunity to do even more work statewide as Miss California!”

by: Abby Omolafe – Miss Hollywood 2017

Confidence and Character with Miss Kings County

By: Laura Sparks – Miss Kings County 2017

40% OFF Sale – 2017 Competition Buttons

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  • Miss Outstanding Teen
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