The Norman Transcript

Features

October 7, 2012

It’s not easy almost being elected fall festival queen

NORMAN — I grew up in a small town. So small in fact, that the highlight of the year was a fall festival held at the end of October. As kids it was the best time of year. We got out of school a day and a half, big stuff when your in elementary school. There were parades, candy, a carnival and even a queen.

I never really cared much for the queen. It was the parades and candy I was most interested in. The carnival was OK, but it didn’t hold a candle to that parade or that candy.

As I grew older, I realized that the carnival wasn’t so bad. The carnival, I learned through my more advanced girlfriends, was a place to meet boys. Some of those boys were even from exotic places like the town 10 miles over. But, I still didn’t care for that queen.

And then I grew even older. I eventually enrolled in the journalism program at the local community college. That same community college that was known for electing a fall festival queen.

Every department of the college would nominate one sophomore girl and through a series of eliminations that I can only assume was equally compared to an electoral college, in 1993, I found my name on the list of queen candidates. I was devastated.

Most of the girls that were nominated were thrilled. They were already talking about their dresses, designing their hairdos and crossing their fingers they’d win top honor. Instead of excitement, I had lots of questions. Most of them were questions aimed toward my journalism advisor and all of them pertained to how could something like this happen to me? I’m not queen material, even on a good day. I’ve never been one for a fancy gown. In fact I only own two formals, one is my wedding dress and another is a bridesmaid dress. I never went to prom. I ditched homecoming dances. And I never wanted to be a fall festival queen. I don’t think the queen gets any candy.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Features
  • Board welcomes new member

    In its June meeting, the members of the Mary Abbott Children’s House board of directors elected Barbara Henderson to serve the remaining term of Anne Ederington, who resigned from the board in May due to moving from Norman. Henderson and ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Pancake breakfast set

    The Police Explorer youth organization will host an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Norman Masonic Lodge, 1700 N. Porter Ave. All-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, milk, orange juice and coffee costs $5. ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Center will be more than a building

    Many volunteers who assist veterans and surviving spouses have driven more than an hour to be at the Goldsby Community Center by 7 a.m. each Thursday. The volunteer of the week is from Harrah and has made that drive for the last three ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Senior organizations that appeal to conservatives

    Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any advocacy organizations for seniors other than AARP? I cut up my AARP card a few years back when they supported Obamacare and am now looking for another organization that better represents me....

    July 29, 2014

  • Seniors adjust to different sleep patterns

    According to the National Institutes of Health, older adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night. However, sleep patterns change with age; this is often evident in the nursing home population. Frequent causes of interrupted sleep ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Ceremony marks opening of community center

    A July 23 ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the addition of another feature to the Chickasaw Nation Carter service campus in Ardmore....

    July 27, 2014

  • Chickasaw Cultural Center a terrific place to visit

    SULPHUR — The Chickasaw Cultural Center is a magnificent tribute to a proud people and their storied heritage. Located an easy hour’s drive south from Norman, it’s among the finest travel destinations in Oklahoma. Set on 109 scenic acres, ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Prisoner re-entry planning for offenders with mental illness

    People leaving incarceration face a variety of challenges even without a diagnosis of mental illness. But for those who face mental health issues, re-entry into society can be troublesome. That is the topic in the first of the 2014 Fall ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Exhibit takes families on food expedition

    If your palate enjoys culinary diversity or if you’re interested in introducing new flavors to your family, join the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in tasting international delights and create your own treat during Family ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Resident makes art in new home

    There’s an old saying about a picture being “worth a thousand words,” which took on a literal meaning recently....

    July 27, 2014