The Miss Snowball Derby Pageant has become one of the most anticipated events of the Snowball Derby. Since 2014, ladies from around the country have converged in downtown Pensacola to try their hand at being crowned Miss Snowball Derby.
Just like the race itself, the pageant has grown throughout the years. Ten contestants showed for the second pageant in 2015, and the numbers have grown since. 2017 saw the highest number of contestants when 20 ladies took part in what has become a traditional event.
With the sixth edition taking place Thursday night, let’s take a look at the Miss Snowball Derby Pageant throughout the years.
Beef O’Brady’s in downtown Pensacola would be the site for the first three pageants. Arah Hans-Majors, then a senior at Tate High School in nearby Cantonment, was crowned Miss Snowball Derby in 2014. Pharmaceutical industry worker Cameron Davis would be selected Miss Snowball Derby the next year.
In 2016, Speed51 offered the first worldwide online broadcast of the Miss Snowball Derby Pageant. Raven Hammac, having grown up in the racing circle at Five Flags Speedway and at surrounding dirt tracks, would be crowned Miss Snowball Derby that year.
2017 would see a location change as the pageant moved to Seville Quarters in downtown Pensacola. It would also see two other firsts. That year’s pageant had the largest number of contestants when 20 ladies showed for the pageant. It also saw its first out-of-town winner when Mississippi’s Emmalee Hodge earned the title Miss Snowball Derby.
Hodge can still been found in the short track racing scene, traveling around various tracks with Super Late Model racer Casey Roderick, as well as fulfilling duties as Miss All American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.
The Miss Snowball Derby pageant returned to Seville Quarters for last year’s event, where the 2018 crown went to Helena Ciappina. The racing world went abuzz when Snowball Derby winner Noah Gragson was rejected on camera when he tried to give her a kiss. The two would eventually do so, and Ciappina accompanied Gragson at the NASCAR Truck Series banquet one week later.
Ciappina will return to the 6th Annual Miss Snowball Derby Pageant Thursday night to crown her successor.
Miss Snowball Derby’s responsibilities include representing Five Flags Speedway at as many Snowball Derby functions as possible, as well as being present for all victory lane photos, pre-race ceremonies and fan activities throughout the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby.
Miss Snowball Derby is also asked to attend as many Five Flags Speedway races as their schedule allows throughout the season in 2020.
The 2019 Miss Snowball Derby Pageant will be streamed via a free, live broadcast on Speed51.com.
The Snowball Derby will take place on Thursday, December 5 through Sunday, December 8 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL. For more information regarding the event, including ticket information, schedules and ticket information, please visit Snowball Central.
As part of the “Race to Snowball” sweepstakes, fans can visit www.racetosnowball.com today to enter to win a VIP Snowball Derby experience including tickets, airfare and accommodations.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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