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Miss Aquafest Pageant– the crowning event of Aquafest

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Published on Mon, Apr 12, 2010 by BY LINDA ELLEDGE | MISS AQUAFEST PAGEANT DIRECTOR

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The story of how I became the Miss Aquafest Pageant Director is a fun little story so let me share it with you. 
First, let me say that it has been my pleasure and honor to be the Miss Aquafest Pageant Director since 2008.  
It started in an unusual way when I visited Foster Press to order business cards for my daughter Carlie, who was at that time a reigning Washington state teen queen on her way to national competition. 

Donna Foster asked me if I would consider taking on the Miss Aquafest Pageant Directorship. I later learned I had eight weeks to put it all together. 

That surprise and hectic beginning was saved by so many wonderful and helpful members of the Lake Stevens Community and especially my daughter Carlie who became the pageant co-director, M.C. and pageant coach for 2008 and 2009 Miss Aquafest pageant.

Since 2008, the Miss Aquafest Queens and royalty have participated in 10 charity walks raising over $4,000 and still climbing, 12 parades, community events including the Lake Stevens night at the Silvertips game and the Downtown Merchants Halloween event and several award presentations.

I have great passion for helping youth gain self-confidence, poise and composure.  In addition, teaching these young ladies the importance and the role that community service\volunteerism play in all of our lives.
Last fall I received a National Community Service award for my work with the Miss Aquafest contestants and as the 2010 Event chair for the North Snohomish County Relay for Life.

I am pleased and excited about what we have accomplished and what we continue to achieve as we move forward.  Thank-you all so much for all of your help and support.

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