Apple Blossom Festival pageant recognized

Miss Apple Blossom Festival board members Bridget Aikens, Linda Edwards and Crystal Pullen receive an award for being recognized as the "Outstanding Local Pageant of the Year" by the board of the Miss Virginia Pageant. Courtesy photo
Cameron Smith
Trilby Brown

The Apple Blossom Pageant received special recognition for being chosen the outstanding local pageant of the year by the board of the Miss Virginia Pageant.

Bridget Aikens, Linda Edwards and Crystal Pullen were recognized for the longevity of the pageant’s involvement at the state level and the commitment the local directors and their committees show toward their local contestants and the Miss Virginia Pageant.

Cameron Smith, the current Miss Apple Blossom, wowed the crowd with her vocal rendition of “California Dreamin” during the talent competition. She placed in the top 10 overall and received a $700 scholarship. She was the recipient of a $500 community service scholarship from Wells Fargo Bank for her dedication to Children Miracle Network Hospitals through her platform “Saving Lives Through Lexie’s Legacy,” created in memory of her sister, who died after the failure of a second double lung transplant, leaving $3 million in medical expenses. Donations to Children Miracle Network Hospitals go toward purchases of medical equipment, educational tools, therapeutic toys and in-home care costs.

Trilby Brown, Miss Apple Blossom’s Outstanding Teen, placed in the top 10 overall at the Miss Virginia’s Outstanding Teen Pageant. She was also first runner up for the academic award and second runner up for the most photogenic award. Her platform is ASPCA-Action for Animals, which encourages animal shelters to work toward becoming “no-kill” facilities.

The crowning of Miss Apple Blossom 2017 will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at Daniel Morgan Middle School. Contestant applications will be posted in September on www.thebloom.com.

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