Arkansas Senior America Pageant
Coronado Center, 150 Ponderosa Lane, Hot Springs Village, AR
What began Friday March 13, 2020 as a celebration for various reasons turned into a week of turmoil, uncertainty and anxiety. The health, safety and families of the contestants are the first priority. Therefore, after much deliberation the Arkansas Senior America Pageant Committee is CANCELLING THE 2020 PAGEANT SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 27TH 2020.
OUR HOPE AND PRAYER IS THAT WE PICK UP WHERE WE LEFT OFF AND COME BACK BIGGER AND BETTER IN 2021 AND THAT ALL OF US EMERGE HEALTHY AND WISER IN SPITE OF THE SITUATION.
That having been said, we must THANK all of the contestants, sponsors, judges, advertisers, businesses, followers, families and Ms Dannet Botkin for your faith in, and support of, this positive senior program!
Lastly, just look at our beautiful, talented, intelligent and spiritual 2020 ARKANSAS CONTESTANTS! They will be back next year---- I guarantee it!
Finally, for the many ladies we’ve spoken to this year regarding their participation in the future, please consider a 2021 run, you have plenty of time and we are here to help!
"If stretching into your best self, having fun, making new friends, and learning new things about becoming more— if any of that sounds the least bit interesting, give yourself the gift of checking out this experience. A crown is a symbol— not of beauty— but of having something to give after a lifetime of doing and growing." - Sharon Morgan Tahaney, Ms Arkansas Senior America 2019.
The Committee: Pattie Genovese, Administrator, Judy Rowe, Lynette Gates, Dixie Ford, Nancy Hendricks, Judy Fisher and Donna Kingston
Ruth’e Korelitz, HSV
Cathy Norred, Piggot
Johnie Kolesar, HSV
Alice Canham, HSV
Carrie Thomsen, HSV
Pam Lafferty, Hot Springs
Diane Blevins, Alexander
Shirley Pierpont, Alexander
Judy King, Elkins
The Arkansas Senior America Pageant came to Hot Springs Village for the first time in its 31-year history on June 29, 2019. Professional entertainer, Ken Goodman, will hosted the pageant that was open to all Arkansas women over 60 who are citizens of the U.S., have resided in Arkansas for at least 6 months, and are not former state queens.
“I believe that Hot Springs Village is the perfect venue to showcase and pay tribute to the senior women in our state who make valuable contributions to our communities,” says Patricia Genovese, Pageant Administrator. This is a search for the gracious lady who best exemplifies dignity, maturity, and inner beauty of all senior Americans. The pageant philosophy is based on the premise that seniors are the foundation of America and our most valuable treasure. It is upon their knowledge, experience, and resources that younger generations have the opportunity to build a better society.
Contestants are judged in 4 categories: TALENT: Sing, dance, storytelling, art, needle craft, fashion design, photography, music, theater, comedy, poetry, or another talent to share in 2 minutes and 45 seconds; PRIVATE INTERVIEW with a panel of independent and qualified judges; EVENING GOWN: Show your poise and beauty; and PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE: Your principles of life in 35 seconds.
The winner Shannon Morgan Tahaney was crowned Ms. Arkansas Senior America 2019. She will represent Arkansas at the National Finals October 20-25, 2019 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Contestants: Please print the signed contestant liability agreement to the pageant orientation luncheon
Sharon Morgan Tahaney of El Dorado Arkansas Crowned Ms Arkansas Senior America 2019!
About Sharon Morgan Tahaney:
I grew up walking the woods in beautiful southern Arkansas with an occasional stop to sit under a Birch tree to read Emersonand Thoreau. I graduated with a Master’s Degree in English followed by a career as a “Corporate Executive and Content Strategist and Developer.” I authored 6 books on personal joy, security and leadership and conducted leadership retreats in Singapore, Malaysia, Germany, France, Canada and throughout the United States.
One of my favorite projects was authoring a children’s book called “The Me I Can Be,” about discovering the joy of being exactly who you are rather than trying to act like someone else.
After all this “doing”, I’m now grateful to fully engage in “being” allowing my spirit to embrace moments no matter how small they appear. I believe there are no limits in life based on age, just on attitude. So, because we are awake, we are awesome, and might as well live like it!
After all this “doing,” I’m now grateful to fully engage in “being” allowing my spirit to embrace moments no matter how small they appear. I believe there are no limits in life based on age, just on attitude. So, because we are awake, we are awesome, and might as well live like it!
To learn more about Arkansas Senior America go to: arkansassenioramericapageant.com; to learn more about Senior America go to: senioramerica.org
Known as Arkansas’s Leading Man, Ken has performed on stages across the region, has been a featured soloist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and has entertained audiences with his one-man shows and as Master of Ceremonies, among other things. Joy Dewing, CSA, National/Broadway Casting Director, states “I can say with confidence that Ken is as good as they come.” Currently, Mr. Goodman appears as El Gallo in The Fantasticks and as Cox in Box and Cox, both running at The Hot Springs Bathhouse Dinner Theatre.
Ken is a Founding Member and is on the Board of Directors of The Entertainment Foundation, a not-for-profit organization providing professional entertainment to our nation’s veterans, senior adults, and the underserved.
Ken has been married to college sweetheart Stephanie for 27 years, and they enjoy their 3 kids and 2 grandchildren.
Arkansas Senior America LLC
207 Sherri St, Hot Springs, AR 71901