by Bob Grawey
It seems Miss Rogers is the latest victim of a bad economy, according to Miss Rogers pageant director Irene Rogers.
The local beauty pageant, which had been on the fritz in Rogers for last year’s Rockin’ Rogers coronation, finally hit rock bottom.
This year not one contestant came forward to vie for the title of Miss Rogers, according to Rogers.
She says she is not sure why, but that last year there were just six candidates.
Likewise, she adds, Maple Grove was down to a handful of contestants from its usual 30 candidates.
“These programs stop and start up from time to time,” Rogers says. “This is just one of those times.”
The pageant director who runs the Miss Rogers non-profit organization says it is time to revamp the entire program, though, from the ground up.
She is looking for people in the community to volunteer and become involved in creating a new Miss Rogers program.
Nothing is safe, Rogers claims, from being revised and even tossed out if necessary.
Everything is up for scrutiny, she says.
Rogers adds it during such a down time when she took the program over in 2005.
Though Rogers did not know how long the Miss Rogers program has been around, she says it has been in Rogers for decades.
The director adds she is quite proud of the young women who have gone on to become successful in life, and that being part of the Miss Rogers pageant has been part of that success.
Those who want to be part of Rogers’ grass-roots effort to re-invent the pageant should e-mail her at www.rogersroyalty.com.