by Peter Bodley
The unofficial start of Coon Rapids Snowflake Days’ 2012 celebration took place Saturday at the Coon Rapids American Legion.
That was when the annual Miss Coon Rapids brunch, style show and auction took place.
Snowflake Days itself does not officially begin until Saturday, Jan. 28, two weeks later.
But all the proceeds from the event – tickets, silent auction and the “heads and tails” game – go to the Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant, which is scheduled to Saturday, Feb. 4, 6 p.m., at Coon Rapids High School auditorium.
The style show featured clothes from the Coon Rapids Dress Barn modeled by Miss Coon Rapids 2011 Megan Ehlert, some of the Miss Coon Rapids 2012 Pageant contestants and members of the Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant Committee.
The silent auction had 35 items on which people could bid, including a host of gift certificates and baskets.
Emcee Carla Beaurline, Miss Coon Rapids 1991, is producer and host of the Twin Cities cable TV show, “Around Town,” which features companies sharing their stories in an effort to grow their businesses.
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Beaurline, whose family has donated a $500 community scholarship to the pageant, spoke of the importance of the Miss Coon Rapids Pageant in her career.
Competing in and winning the Miss Coon Rapids Pageant gave her $15,000 in scholarship money toward her college education, according to Beaurline.
And her pageant experience also gave her the necessary skills to succeed in a career and make a living, Beaurline said.
Ehlert, who is completing her year as Miss Coon Rapids, echoed Beaurline’s comments.
“The time has gone so fast and I have had so much fun,” she said.
The Miss Coon Rapids Pageant was not Ehlert’s first pageant competition in the Miss America program, she said.
But Ehlert said the Miss Coon Rapids Pageant Committee is a great organization that “makes you so welcome in the community.”
“It is amazing,” Ehlert said.
Competing at the Miss Minnesota Scholarship Pageant was a “great week” where Ehlert made a lot of friendships, she said.
And she had success, too. Ehlert won the interview phase of the state competition and placed third runner-up overall.
Beaurline thanked the Coon Rapids Dress Barn for being “so incredibly supportive” of the pageant by providing clothes for modeling at the style show for many years.
There are 750 Dress Barn stores in 45 states, including 14 in Minnesota, Beaurline said.
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