Little Miss McDowell

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Isis 130

Marion, NC

#1 Mar 15, 2010
Poor girls! So sorry for the 4 singers who were absolutely shafted because no mike check was done before the pageant! The winner was deserving, but I've never seen a more disorganized mess!! Guess that's why it has gone from having 25 contestants to 13.......
pageantmom1

United States

#2 Mar 15, 2010
Isis 130 wrote:
Poor girls! So sorry for the 4 singers who were absolutely shafted because no mike check was done before the pageant! The winner was deserving, but I've never seen a more disorganized mess!! Guess that's why it has gone from having 25 contestants to 13.......
absolutely! i, too, was in attendance although my child was not a contestant.i have never been to such a disorgnized pageant in my life and pageants have been part of my life for quite sometime. In past years this has been a great night to come together in the community and support our young talented girls. However this one was a total disaster! not only was there a problem with the mic- the sound system had constant feedback - the emcee did not have correct information about the contestants and they were out of order then the NJROTC officer walked out on stage and RUDELY interrupted her more than once. i felt really bad for her! people walked in and out of the auditorium during performances (what happened to holding the door) it is so disrespectful to enter/leave during a performance. Judges were escorted in during the opening number and the girls were already on stage - no information was given about the judges at all except their names - what was their credentials? I hope whatever changes were made this year are changed back otherwise the number of contestants and audience members will continue to decline!
daddyO

United States

#3 Mar 15, 2010
what a fiasco ~ Someone else needs to take charge!
brick by brick

Cumming, GA

#4 Mar 16, 2010
chuck abernathey has the control over this and picks the winners
Michelle Carr

United States

#5 Mar 16, 2010
I'm not afraid to go by name on here so I'll lay it all out. Mom has directed the pageant for the last 10 years. She had no say so in it this year at all. The ROTC leader decided to take over and he has no experience with the pageant. There was no practicing with the emcee during the week and there was no sound check the night of, among so many other things. She did not want to even be introduced as helping this year because it was so bad. We're not denying that it was a total disaster but it sure wasn't because of her. My mom has worked hard to get the pageant where it was and it was changed from the first meeting in January. We have all taken this pageant very seriously - my sister choreographs the opening number, I do the decorations, and Melissa helps Mom with the order but this year did not go as it has in the past because someone else decided they knew more. Mom worked hard to pick judges from out of town with credentials that SHOULD have been read and were not, she USED to organize the paperwork for the emcee so that everthing was in order which she DID NOT, among so much more. I can tell you this though, since the childish acts of a few people the year before last, our hearts have not been in it as much because it only takes a few people to ruin something that everyone has worked for years on. Mom was going to walk away from the pageant from the very first meeting this year but she stayed for the girls and ONLY for the girls. As for someone else doing it next year, I hope they do. I won't be participating in it. The ones that know so much about pageants and how everyone is 'paid off", pointing fingers at the wrong people, writing the most RIDICULOUS letters, blah, blah, blah, can have their opportunity to work with it next year. Better start now! As for the cadets and the girls, Mom said you guys were great to work with this year!
Positive Pageantry

Greenville, SC

#6 Mar 18, 2010
How many readers of this forum would vote for an additional pageant in this county. A pageant that would lead to a representative for a civic group. A pageant that gives a new twist to representing the area we live in and take pride in. A pageant for not only younger girls, but also older teens. A pageant dedicated to a year full of fund raising opportunities for the designated civic group. Please respond if pageant savvy in the least. I need your opinions!

Since: Mar 10

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#7 Mar 19, 2010
All the girls, the cadets, judges and emcee did a terrific job.This COULD HAVE been one of the best in a while,but instead was an embarrasing, unorganized nightmare! It is my undestanding that ROTC basically pushed Debbie Jaynes out of the way and tried to run things. You cannot direct a pageant without pageant experience. My daughter has been in several pageants, and most pageant directors have years of experience being involved in pageants before they attempt to become a director.Anytime you head up an event such as this careful planning of the tiniest details is what makes the difference between a smoothly run event and a disaster such as the one we witnessed Sat night. I think LMM has run its course. It's time to let it go and move on to something new. Positive Pageantry, bring it on!!!!! People will love it! Girls around here who enjoy doing pageants would be so happy to have another opportunity close to home.
moms for fun not a win

Greenville, SC

#8 Mar 23, 2010
Positive Pageantry wrote:
How many readers of this forum would vote for an additional pageant in this county. A pageant that would lead to a representative for a civic group. A pageant that gives a new twist to representing the area we live in and take pride in. A pageant for not only younger girls, but also older teens. A pageant dedicated to a year full of fund raising opportunities for the designated civic group. Please respond if pageant savvy in the least. I need your opinions!
i would love to see it happen this year was a nightmare we want mrs debbie back
PAGEANT MOM

Greer, SC

#9 Mar 25, 2010
It would be nice to see another pageant here in our community. I really enjoy Little Miss Mcdowell.I am a pageant mom. I just want to say that I know Debbie Jaynes. She is a wonderful person that dedicates her own personal time to Little Miss Mcdowell.She has always been great to the girls.My daughter loves Debbie.Everything that went wrong the night of Little Miss Mcdowell was all Gunters fault.He wanted everything to run his way and we all see how it turned out.I am sad that it turned out to be such a disaster. Yes it would have been a great show if Gunter would have left everything in Debbies hands. The sound check should have been done and it was not. The mics should have had new batteries and they did`nt. When you have so many people coming to see our girls perform and you don`t check these things. That should have been a priorty on Gunters part. Debbie was back stage doing ten thousand things at once for our daughters and it was not her place to do sound check too. I was very pleased with the opening number that Candice came up with and could`t wait to see on the dvd that I purchased,but I could`nt even see my daughter's face up close because Gunter decided that he would get someone new to do our dvds this year just because one mother last year got a dvd that did`nt work. Well guess what I don`t think any of the moms were happy with this years dvd at all. You could here back ground noise in the whole dvd and our dvd freezes up and you can`t even watch it. Its a lot of money that we put into these little things for our daughters and I just wished that things had been left alone and we would have had a much better year. I certainly hope that Debbie comes back and that she can be left in charge to do what she does best and that is see our daughters shine. Please Gunter let Debbie and someone with pageant knowledge run the show from now own. This is a big deal for our community and we would like to see it go own for many more years and not be ran into the ground . Thanks to Debbie , Candice ,Michelle, Melissa and Carly for all you have done . I will always be greatful for all the hard work you have put in this pageant.
jock

United States

#10 Mar 29, 2010
Little Miss McDowell has run it's course! Need bigger and better things for McDowell! The only thing about this pageant that was good was Mrs. Debbie! Rock on Mrs. Debbie!
Positive Pageantry

Greenville, SC

#11 Apr 1, 2010
I will get with some folks later this summer and see what we can come up with for the girls in our county! There are many options out there! Just need time to sit down and plan! Thanks for all of the input! I will look up Miss Debbie when I go to the drawing board!!!!!!!!
daisy

Greenville, SC

#12 Apr 6, 2010
Positive Pageantry wrote:
How many readers of this forum would vote for an additional pageant in this county. A pageant that would lead to a representative for a civic group. A pageant that gives a new twist to representing the area we live in and take pride in. A pageant for not only younger girls, but also older teens. A pageant dedicated to a year full of fund raising opportunities for the designated civic group. Please respond if pageant savvy in the least. I need your opinions!
I VOTE YES, A PADGET THAT COULD TIE INTO THE COMMUNITY OR TO BE PART OF THE MTN. gLORY FESTIVAL...???????
daisy

Greenville, SC

#13 Apr 6, 2010
brick by brick wrote:
chuck abernathey has the control over this and picks the winners
i was just informed that at this years padget, all the girls who had been in the padget before all wore even numbers (with the exception of one girl, but she had padget experience) and the girls who had never been in it before wore odd numbers (with the exception of one girl).
was this some sort of code for the judges???? All of the winners were even numbers........
It is one thing if my daughter did not place, she had a great time and it was a positive experience for her. However, if she didn't have a chance is unexceptable! She worked just a hard as the girls who had experience.
NCMX35

Weaverville, NC

#14 Mar 14, 2013
That is totally false, I did have a daughter in the pageant this year and that's a bunch of crap about the even and odd numbers. The girls all do a lot of hard work even weeks before the pageant starts. It's not their fault that the " pageant directors" did not have their stuff together, the girls are backstage with their big sisters all week and have so much fun and build friendships, they are not aware of all the drama that goes on with the pageant. The credentials of the judges were read, however as they were walking down the aisle instead of facing the crowd. Debbie Jaynes is a wonderful pageant director and person as well as Michelle Carr both have spent countless hours on years past getting this pageant to run smoothly but someone decided that they could do it better which now is obvious to everyone is not the case. WE WANT DEBBIE BACK!! As far as everyone having a fair chance, well at least this year the judges were qualified and were not from McDowell county like last year, so everyone had a fair chance, the numbers were picked by the NJROTC big sisters. My daughter loves the experience of the pageant and win or lose , it builds self confidence.
Whaterrrrr

Charlotte, NC

#15 Mar 17, 2013
I was a big sister and those little girls were brats
You are dumb

Marion, NC

#16 Mar 17, 2013
Well then don't do it again. I think you are a brat for getting on here talking about little kids. Grow up because one day your mouth will cash a check your ass can't cash seriously.
Sigh of Relief

Marion, NC

#17 Mar 17, 2013
My daughter wanted to enter the pageant, whew, after reading all these posts I am certainly glad she didn't! I don't want her to have any part in such negativity as this.
Hmmm

Charlotte, NC

#18 Mar 18, 2013
We live in 2013 and mothers are still pitting girl against girl and teaching them that what you look like matters more than anything else. Each and every one of you should be ashamed of yourselves. And Daisy, the word is pageant
Si Woman

Albemarle, NC

#19 Mar 18, 2013
Well do any of you have the kahunas to try and run it.....
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Marion, NC

#20 Mar 18, 2013
Hmmm wrote:
We live in 2013 and mothers are still pitting girl against girl and teaching them that what you look like matters more than anything else. Each and every one of you should be ashamed of yourselves. And Daisy, the word is pageant
Why would I be ashamed of myself? My daughter wanted to enter the pageant. She is a bit too young and is still working on a talent so I chose not to allow it. You do not need to be so judgmental. My daughter visits the elderly in nursing homes just because she wants to keep them company and let them know she cares. I have taught her that beauty is on the inside. I am so glad you know how to spell pageant by the way. How about critiquing yourself now that you have critiqued everyone else.

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