On January 24, 2016, The Miss North Carolina Organization recently hosted “An Afternoon with Miss America,” a special event that was actually the end to a long and eventful weekend in which Miss America 2016, Betty Cantrell, visited the state. While she was here, she made a visit to the North Carolina Children’s Miracle Network Hospital and then ended her time with a fun “meet and greet” event held at the Woman’s Club of Raleigh.
In spite of the snow, the turnout for the event was good and ranged from tiny local titleholders to adults, all ready and pumped to meet Miss America herself. Before she came out onstage, though, volunteers with the organization and former state titleholders provided entertainment leading up to the big event.
Susan Williams sang a song- “If We Only Have Love”- from her own performance at the Miss North Carolina pageant several years ago. She was followed by Beth Stovall, Miss North Carolina 2014, who sang “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” as well as an operatic piece.
After these dazzling vocal performances, the current Miss North Carolina, Kate Peacock, and Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen, Kenzie Hansley, chatted about their experiences representing the state so far. Then, Michelle Braxton, who was Miss Goldsboro 1991, entertained with Bette Middler’s “P.S. I Love You,” followed by Miss North Carolina 2000, Lorna Ricotta, who sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
Following their performances, Miss America took the stage. Cantrell, who hails from Georgia, was clad in a gorgeous blue gown and began her performance by singing “Let it Go,” a song from the movie Frozen, which delighted everyone- but especially the little girls in the audience! Cantrell even welcomed a few of them up onstage to sing the words along with her.
This was really cool. Miss America Betty Cantrell brought a few girls onstage to sing with her. Also, to all our pageant friends, even Miss America sings "Let It Go"!
Posted by Justin Morey on Sunday, January 24, 2016
After she finished her song, she engaged in a “Q and A” session with audience members. During this session, Cantrell revealed some candid and charming facts, including that she knows how to drive a tractor, longs to play Elsa in the upcoming Broadway production of Frozen, chooses The Little Mermaid’s Ariel as her favorite Disney princess since “she totally breathes underwater,” considers Superman her favorite superhero, and that one of her favorite experiences thus far has been presenting an award at the CMAs with Darius Rucker. Cantrell also spoke about the people she most admires, including her aunt, a woman she looks up to for always being “real.” Cantrell gave advice to aspiring titleholders, encouraging them to stay true to themselves because, “You are what the pageant needs.”
By the end of the Q and A session, anyone who wasn’t already a Cantrell fan had certainly been made one, and she’d definitely accomplished her goal of being a “real” person and staying true to herself and her personality in spite of the fact that she’s a reigning queen. Cantrell and the Miss North Carolina Organization made a lot of little girls (and grown-ups too!) happy on this day, and meeting her- she signed photos and posed for pictures with attendees after the event- was definitely worth the trek out in the snow.