Miranda Burns had never participated in a pageant before, but the idea had always appealed to her.
“I have always been curious about participating in a pageant,” Burns said. “I'm kind of the type of person that likes to do things out of the ordinary.”
Miranda Burns had never participated in a pageant before, but the idea had always appealed to her. “I have always been curious about participating in a pageant,” Burns said. “I'm kind of the type of person that likes to do things out of the ordinary.” For Burns, the endeavor paid off, leaving her with a winning title of Miss Dodge City at the 2014 Miss Dodge City and Miss Cowboy Capital Pageant held on Jan. 4. in Dodge City. The Miss Dodge City and Miss Cowboy Capital Pageant is an annual pageant that allows participants to engage in a number of competitions and raises scholarship money for college-bound students. Portions of the pageant include an interview, swimwear competition, on-stage questions, evening wear and talent. Burns, a music minor at K-State, sang for her talent. “I sang because I've been singing my entire life,” Burns said. Each contestant also has a platform, which is a cause or issue that she stands for. Burns' original platform was small business, something she is familiar with from growing up in Dodge City. Burns' father owns a trucking business and her uncle owns a chiropractic business in Cimarron. It was part of what inspired her to major in entrepreneurship at K-State, where she is currently a Junior. Once she graduates, Burns wants to open up her own wedding gown shop in Dodge City. Ultimately Burns wanted her platform to be something she could speak to children about. So, she changed it to “Be YOUnique: Embracing Individuality,” which she describes as attaining goals without losing a sense of self. The pageant featured a total of eight girls. Burns said the event went well. “I went in not knowing what to expect and it was extremely organized and there were a ton of community members that came out,” she said. “There was a great crowd. I'm very impressed that the community is wanting to get involved and support something like this.” In total $9,200 was raised in scholarship money for local students. Preparation for the pageant was fairly straightforward. Contestants were required to raise $100 for Children's Miracle Network. Aside from preparing a song, Burns said the preparation process was mostly about practicing being confident and being herself. “I watched a bunch of YouTube videos and saw the way it went and practiced how to walk,” she said. The stakes will be raised in June, when Burns will go on to compete in Miss Kansas. For that event, Burns said she is looking for ways to improve her public speaking, working with a pageant coach on the interview portion and working with a fitness coach. Aside from a number of small prizes, Burns won a $500 scholarship as well as credit hours to Dodge City Community College. As for winning Miss Dodge City, Burns is surprised but grateful. “I'm thrilled to be Miss Dodge City and represent Dodge City and the surrounding areas and I'm excited to compete in Miss Kansas,” she said. “It's the opportunity of a lifetime and I'm prepared to give it my all.”