On Thursday night at Seville Quarters in Downtown Pensacola, Florida, the new Miss Snowball Derby was crowned in front of a packed crowd. For the 50th Annual Snowball Derby and all festivities leading up to the historic event, Emalee Hodge will hold the title and crown of Miss Snowball Derby.
“It means a lot to me to win this pageant because me and my dad went to the race last year at Five Flags Speedway and we noticed that they had a Miss Snowball Derby. I’ve done pageants my whole life, but I thought it would be cool for us to share something together,” said Hodge. “I decided to come out and attempt this pageant and then I won and it’s just been a great experience. I did not expect to win.”
Twenty women came out to the Seville Quarters for the fourth annual Miss Snowball Derby pageant. Two women, Emalee Hodge, and Lakelynn Parker walked out with titles. Parker was named “Miss Congeniality,” and is the first recipient of that award.
“I’m so humbled by the whole experience of the pageant,” said Parker. “This was my first pageant. I came out mainly because my family is really into racing. We’ve been racing our whole lives. I’ve raced, my brother races a Pro Truck and a Pro Late Model here at Five Flags. To be named Miss Congeniality just means everything.”
The competition is broken down into three parts. The first round sees all of the contestants walk in casual wear. The second round is formal wear, and then all contestants are required to answer a question from the judges. The top five in voting this year were so close that the judges asked the top five to walk one more time before they decided upon Emalee Hodge.
Race fans will be able to see Miss Snowball Derby all week long at Five Flags Speedway when the 50th Annual Snowball Derby week kicks off on November 29th. Miss Snowball Derby will be out and about at the race track as well as in victory lane for every division, including the Snowball Derby itself on Sunday, December 3.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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