The first official event of the 53rd Annual Snowball Derby took place on Thursday night, with the crowning of Miss Snowball Derby 2020 at the Seville Quarter in downtown Pensacola. After narrowing the field from 18 contests down to the Top 5, and then a final count, it was one of the proud locals who took the crown.
Brittney Crowell will have the honor of wearing the Miss Snowball Derby sash for legendary race at Five Flags Speedway and on into the 2021 racing season. Perhaps not surprisingly, the big moment nearly had her overcome with emotion.
“I am so excited, when I got crowned on stage I was trying so hard to keep my composure, and not cry. I kept telling myself to keep it together and not cry in front of all these people,” said the newest Miss Snowball Derby.
Ever the proud native of the city on the tip of the Florida Panhandle, Crowell is looking forward to being a voice in regarding the Snowball Derby as one of North America’s true marquee racing events, and representing Pensacola as a top racing destination.
“I’m so excited to use this title to help promote the Snowball Derby itself. I love Pensacola, I was born and raised here, I want to see Pensacola succeed. The Snowball Derby is a huge part of Pensacola, people talk about it around the world. I can’t wait to grow along with the race.”
Along with the prestige of being named Miss Snowball Derby and representing the track at upcoming events including the 53rd Annual Snowball Derby, Crowell earned $1,000 from Fast Cash ATM Services and a necklace from Jewelers Trade Shop for her win.
Kimberly Sandusky of Pensacola, Florida was named first runner-up; Alabama’s Maddison Bragg was second runner-up, while Madison Knight, also of Alabama was named Miss Congeniality of the Miss Snowball Derby Pageant. Sandusky received $300, while Bragg was awarded $200 for second runner-up and Knight a pearl necklace from Bere Jewelers for Miss Congeniality.
Next up on the road to the 53rd Snowball Derby is the first on-track event at Five Flags Speedway, the Snowball Derby Preview this Saturday, November 21. You can catch the three-hour speed sessions on Speed51.TV starting at 4pm ET/5pm ET.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Speed51