Nearly two weeks after competing for the Miss Georgia title, two Evans beauty queens who fell short of the crown are already making plans for next year's pageant.
Ashley Foster, the reigning Miss Augusta, said the competition "was almost like being on a reality TV show. ... It's kind of like Survivor."
"I had a wonderful week," said Erin Beasley, 19, Miss Magnolia Midlands, adding that she didn't return home empty-handed.
While attending the Miss Georgia farewell luncheon June 25, Beasley received the Christian Service Award and a $1,000 scholarship, which is given by Therma Davis, Miss Georgia 1968.
"I don't know how I was chosen, but I was really shocked."
Beasley said her next move is to compete in the Miss Augusta pageant in August.
Ashley Foster, 19, the reigning Miss Augusta, said she also hopes to compete in more pageants in the future.
"I had an amazing time. I would definitely do it again," she said. "I want to experience it all over again."
Beasley and Foster competed with 51 girls in the Miss Georgia pageant held June 21-25 in Columbus, where Monica Pang, 24, Miss Lake Lanier, walked away with the state title.
Both Columbia County participants said competing in the pageant was unforgettable and a chance of a lifetime.
"We felt like celebrities," Beasley said, noting that the girls enjoyed a smorgasbord of catered meals and were chauffeured around town and escorted by police. "All of the girls rode in Tahoes, and a cop leads the caravan of Tahoes with the siren and hazard lights on. We didn't have to stop at any red lights throughout the town."
Foster said she also had a great time.
Erin Beasley, Miss Magnolia Midlands, received the Christian Service Award and a $1,000 scholarship at the Miss Georgia farewell luncheon.
Photo by Quandra Collins
"I found out what it was like to be a celebrity," she said, adding that she and several girls were followed around by cameramen with The Learning Channel for the filming of a documentary about the pageant. "It was almost like being on a reality TV show. You're on competition mode, so it's kind of like Survivor."
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