Greetings-I’m Megan McCarter, the director of the Canon City Music & Blossom Festival Pageant. I hold quite a history with the Blossom Pageant, beginning in 1998 when I competed in the pageant. That year, I received the “Interview Merit Award.” This was my first time competing in a pageant, and I absolutely loved it. So of course it was inevitable that I would compete again my senior year in 1999. It’s a good thing I did, because I was honored with the coveted title of 1999 Music & Blossom Festival Queen. My reign as Queen was incredible; I was able to interact with my community, promoting our much loved Music & Blossom Festival. Also, I realized after competing how much pageantry taught me. It gave me hands on interview skills, allowed me to perfect my public speaking abilities, and my self-esteem skyrocketed. 

  I took a couple of years off from pageantry to focus on my college education, but opportunity came knocking on my door when I was asked to become the Blossom Pageant’s “Assistant Director” in 2002. Little did I know that I was training to become “Pageant Director” that very next year. My directorial debut went off without a hitch in 2003. At that time, I also decided that I wanted to compete in pageants again. My pageant of choice was none other than the prestigious 2003 Miss Colorado USA Pageant, the predecessor to the Donald Trump owned Miss USA Pageant. My goal was to place in the top 10 that year, and I met that goal with flying colors. I actually placed as 5th Runner Up for two years in a row, having a wonderful experience each time.

 I began competing in the Mrs. Colorado America Pageant in 2006, where over 50 women from across the state of Colorado vie for the coveted state title each year. I placed as 4th Runner Up in 2006, 3rd Runner Up in 2007, and 1st Runner Up in 2008. On May 16, 2009 my hard work and dedication paid off, as I was crowned Mrs. Colorado 2009. That same year, I represented the state of Colorado at the nationally televised Mrs. America Pageant, and placed in the top 10. This was without a doubt a life changing year, where many dreams came true.

 Pageantry is my passion; I have found myself throughout my journey to the crown. Whether that crown is one that I am seeking or one that I am providing, it is a true symbol of who I am. Pageantry allows me to learn new things, and enables me to teach others of all it has to offer.

 In closing, I leave you with this thought… "Believe you can and you're halfway there." -T. Roosevelt