There once was a Fairest of the Fair who, during her pageant, was approached by a sweet young lady in a wheel chair. The innocent child looked up in awe at the beautiful young woman, bedecked in a sparkling, gorgeous pageant dress wearing her glittering crown, and said, “One day, I’m going to be a princess just like you!”
And thus was planted a seed that grew. And the rulers of the land known as the Wilson County Fair decreed that there shall also be a Fairest of the Fair pageant just for these special young ladies. And thus was born the first ever Celebrating Beauty, “A Wilson County Special Needs Pageant.” Held on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, the pageant celebrated lovely ladies with moderate to severe disabilities. To be eligible, the girls have to be enrolled in a Comprehensive Development Class in the local school districts, including those who are home-schooled or on medical leave from the public school class.
And winners were crowned in four divisions: Doll Parade, PK-2nd Grade; Little Miss, 3rd-5th Graders; Fair Princess, 6th-8th Graders; and Fairest of the Fairest 9th-12th Graders.
And the families of the new princesses smiled and said, “This is truly wonderful!”