The pageant was held June 26-29 in Marion. “Taylor certainly had a rocky start, said Miss Metropolis pageant director Sandy Farmer. “But, she shined at the end.”
“During the first preliminary nights, we had talent and swimsuit competitions,” explained Deming. “My halter top came unfastened during the talent but luckily stayed in place, and I twisted my ankle coming off the stage during the swimsuit.”
The rest of the week was filled with guest appearances at several locations around Marion, including working at a Habitat for Humanity home and hours of practice. Mornings started at 6:30 a.m. with breakfast and didn’t end until midnight on some nights.
“The interview portion of the pageant was a little nerve-racking, but once I got into the room with the judges, they just wanted me to talk about myself, including my platform and my future plans,” stated Deming.
Deming’s platform has been the Weekend Blessings backpack program, which was started by Deming in February 2012 providing food over the weekend to local children. Her platform has enabled her to speak to schools and benevolent organizations throughout the area.
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