Celebrate 43 years of poise, intelligence, talent and character by viewing or participating in the 2013 Miss Point Mallard Pageant. From its beginning in 1970, when Carol Medders was crowned on a flatbed trailer at Delano Park, the Miss Point Mallard pageant has grown into one of the most successful Miss Alabama preliminary competitions. The pageant holds the distinction of producing more Top 10 contestants than any other state preliminary.
Two titleholders, Teresa Cheatham and Kim Wimmer, were crowned as Miss Alabama. Cheatham won preliminary talent and swimsuit awards and was named first runner-up in the Miss America competition. Six other women went on to become Miss Alabama after their year of service to Decatur as Miss Point Mallard. One of them, Heather Whitestone, was crowned Miss America 1995.
The annual pageant, part of the Spirit of America Festival, annually awards more than $6,000 in cash scholarships and $20,000 in prizes to participants.
In addition to the Miss Point Mallard pageant, young women can gain pageant experience by competing in the Little Miss Point Mallard Pageant, open to girls ages 6-11, and the Miss Point Mallard Outstanding Teen Pageant, featuring young women in the 13-17 age category.
The Miss Point Mallard Pageant is franchised by the Miss America Organization. Contestants are judged on talent, physical fitness in a swimsuit, evening gown and onstage questions. A private interview with a panel of five judges before onstage competition tests their knowledge of and opinions on various issues.
Miss Point Mallard’s Outstanding Teen is franchised by the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant. Competition includes private interview, physical fitness, talent, evening gown and onstage question. Our 2011 titleholder, Callie Walker, won the state competition and competed for Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in Orlando, Florida last summer.
Come enjoy the pageants and see who will be the next Miss Point Mallard!
Photo: Haley Bagwell of Hoover, a nursing student at Auburn University, was crowned Miss Point Mallard 2010 during the 40th anniversary pageant on July 4. Photo by Anna Malone Photography