Beauty Queens Donate Their Crowns to Children at Vanderbilt Hospital

The ‘Crowns for a Cause’ organization partners with the TN State Fair Pageants on September 19th for a Crown Ceremony to help beauty queens give back. Girls across the state ages birth to 20 are gathering again at the Tennessee State Fair Pageants on September 19th to compete and show their support for ‘Crowns For a Cause’ by donating their crowns and raise money for the terminally ill children of the Monroe Carrell, Jr. Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville. Donated proceeds from all nineteen pageants will help ensure that every sick child can be crowned ‘Queen for a Day’ or ‘Hero for a Day’. Last year, over 100 girls across the state of Tennessee came dressed to compete and give back to this great cause including a new pageant for girls with moderate to severe disabilities held on Friday, September 18th. Although pageants will begin early in the day, the public is invited to also attend the Crowns for a Cause Ceremony at 2:00pm on Saturday, September 19th at the Sports Arena Building at the Nashville State Fairgrounds. “This small act of kindness brings huge smiles to the faces of these sick children. I am always so proud of every girl that donates one, or more, of their crowns to help someone they may never meet,” says Pageant Director, Shan Burklow, "With the donated crowns from this event, little girls at Monroe Carrell will be crowned 'Queen for a Day' along with little boys being 'Hero for a Day' (receiving a firefighter’s helmet). In addition, we would like to raise enough money to purchase a Rated G DVD for every child. These sweet kids spend so much time in bed and cannot go outside and play like healthy children. Giving them a new movie can help to brighten their day. The Crowns for a Cause organization allows beauty queens of all ages contribute to their community and give back in various ways throughout the year including this event." Coming back for 2015 – Last year, the Tennessee State Fair added a pageant just for girls with moderate to severe disabilities. The Miss Sparkle Pageant, for Tennessee girls ages 4 to adult, is free to all participants on Friday evening September 18th at 6pm. This pageant is run entirely of community volunteers and local business sponsors along with Metro Parks Disabilities. Any donated proceeds received will support Metro Parks Disabilities of Nashville. When asked about the partnership with Metro Parks Disabilities, Burklow responded by saying, “When Metro Parks came to us with the idea of a pageant devoted entirely to girls with special needs, we were so excited. We just couldn’t imagine why it hadn’t occurred to us before now,” Burklow smiled, “All of our pageants are open to any Tennessee girl ages birth to twenty, and now, we have a pageant devoted to girls with special needs of any kind. This has been such a blessing to work with these wonderful girls. True beauty comes from the inside first, and we want to give every girl an opportunity to feel beautiful, and have a great time making new friends. The Tennessee State Fair Pageants give all of our contestants an opportunity to do just that!” For more information on how you can contribute, volunteer or compete at the Tennessee State Fair Pageants, go to or contact them on FaceBook at Tennessee State Fair Pageants. # # # # If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Pageant Director - Shan Burklow, please call or text 615-594-2792 or email Shan at Pictures attached: Queen For Day Recipient: Donations and crowns received will help sick little girls and boys be ‘queen for a day’ and ‘hero for a day’ at Monroe Carrell, Jr. Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt. Miss Sparkle Winners: Last year’s winning contestants of the Miss Sparkle Pageant proudly show off their crowns. This special needs pageant is coming Friday, September 18, 2015 to the Tennessee State Fair and is free to any girl age 4 to adult with moderate to severe disabilities. Every contestant will receive a mini-tiara for competing. Contact Metro Parks Disabilities of Nashville for information. Crowns For Cause Ceremony: 2014 Contestants gathered at the Tennessee State Fair Pageants to compete and donate their crowns to the children of Monroe Carrell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. This year’s competition is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the Nashville Fairgrounds. Crown Donations: Queen Sadie Prater: Crowns for a Cause Queen Sadie Prater holds one of eighty-five crowns donated for hospitalized girls to be queen for a day during last year’s pageants at the Tennessee State Fair. All press and news media are invited to come and cover either of the ceremonies: Miss Sparkle Pageant for girls with disabilities Friday, September 18, 2015 at 6:00pm (Girls ages 4 to Adult) Nashville Fairgrounds / Sports Arena Building TN State Fair Crowns for a Cause Ceremony Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 2:00pm Nashville Fairgrounds / Sports Arena Building >>Continue Reading

The Bos of Burgers

Lebanon local, Darci Bos, will seek to impress the judges this weekend at the Big Guava Festival in Tampa, FL. Bos has crafted a "Beautiful Mess" which features a patty made of bratwurst topped with mustard aioli and caramelized onions between a toasted French hamburger bun. The burger was selected as a semi-finalist in the Bud and Burger Championship tournament which seeks to find the best amateur made burger in the United States. Bos and her "Beautiful Mess" are competing for a spot in the final round hosted by Budweiser and Chef David Chang in St. Louis, MO in July. >> Read the full article here >>Continue Reading

State Lawmakers Break Routine with Ag Day

In March 2015, members of the Tennessee General Assembly took part in an Ag Day celebration to show their appreciation for the state's farming community. Members of the House and Senate squared off against one another in a corn-selling contest. The House team, led by House Speaker Beth Harwell, won by just a few ounces shelling over five pounds of corn in one minute. Dozens of organizations were stationed inside the Capitol handing out goods like home-baked corn bread and moon pies, in a bid to promote the sector. >> Read the full article here   >>Continue Reading

Lebanon’s State Fair ‘Fairest’ to compete in statewide pageant

Caroline Hendrick, the reigning 2014 Tennessee State Fair "Fairest of the Fair," will be competing in a couple weeks to be crowned Tennessee Association of Fairs' "Fairest of the Fair." Hendrick, 17, is the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. John Hendrick of Lebanon. Upon graduation from high school she plans to enter college and pursue a career in nursing. In the coming pageant to be held at the Nashville Sheraton Music City Hotel, the Lebanon High School junior will be competing against some 50 or more other reigning "Fairest of the Fairs" from across Tennessee, who will be representing their local fair at the annual event. The Tennessee Association of Fairs is comprised of 60 county or area fairs including the Tennessee State Fair. The group's annual convention, traditionally held in Nashville, is scheduled to begin Thursday, January 22. The pageant, regarded as one of the highlights of the annual meeting that attracts board members, administrators, and others associated with the production of fairs around the Volunteer state, will be held on Friday, January 23. >>Continue Reading

Let The Good Times Grow!

One hundred eight (108) years ago, the Tennessee State Fair started as the official state fair of our great state. Throughout the course of the history of the fair, stock car racing has been an instrumental part of the event. Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville and the Tennessee State Fair are pleased to announce, racing will be held on Sunday, September 7th, 2014 during the ten day event. The state fair officially opens on Friday, September 5th and runs until Sunday, September 14th. >>Continue Reading

State Fair looking for 150 ‘kid pickers’

The Tennessee State Fair is looking for a few good “kid pickers” to bring their goods, hidden treasures as they might be, to the State Fairgrounds on Sunday, September 7, at 11 am, for a special opportunity to appear on stage with Mike Wolfe, host of the A&E Network show that teaches kids how to find and recognize items of value. >>Continue Reading

State Fair Announces Title Sponsor

Officials with the Tennessee State Fair Association announced this week that OneMain Financial has been named title sponsor for this year's State Fair. OneMain Financial, founded in 1912, has been serving communities and helping individuals realize their financial goals and dreams with a network of offices and locations nationwide including several in Tennessee for well over a century. "This company's heritage and prestige is so appropriate to be paired with the Tennessee State Fair, a state tradition for more than 100 years," said John Rose, chairman of the Tennessee State Fair Association board of directors. >>Continue Reading

State Fair Issues Call for Entries

From Memphis to Kingsport and for all the small towns and tiny communities in between the Tennessee State Fair is seeking the best of the best that the Volunteer State has to offer. State Fair officials are determined to find the best Tennessee two-crust apple pie, the most meticulously cured and delicious country ham, the most precious hand made quilt, the largest watermelon, the state's most prized dairy cow and the very best of literally scores of other cultivated, handcrafted, self-produced and personally created food items, works of art, farm animals and agricultural products. >>Continue Reading

State Fair looking for Tennessee’s ‘Best Two Crust Apple Pie’

Last year it was the hint of Tennessee whiskey that made the difference or at least that's what the baker of the best two crust apple pie selected by the Tennessee State Fair thought. This year the search is on again, according to Kinsey Emery, State Fair event manager, who noted that the contest designated as the "Tennessee Two-Crust Apple Pie Contest” is becoming one of the Fair's most popular events. >>Continue Reading