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The first Miss Lake Cumberland Pageant, 1973

From Doug Beard

The first Miss Lake Cumberland Pageant was held fifty-one years ago this spring, on Saturday night, April 14, 1973, in the V. P. Henry Auditorium at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia.

It was an official preliminary to the Miss America Pageant, and featured Miss Kentucky 1972 Carolyn Sue Walters, Miss Kentucky 1971 Robbie Lynn Halcomb, the Lindsey Wilson College Choir, and Miss Holly Spicer.

The winner was Brenda Brookshire from Lexington, KY. The only other person I remember is the lady on the left, Cynthia Parnell from Columbia.

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Flyer for inaugural Miss Lake Cumberland Pageant



2024-02-04 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Doug Beard.
A flyer from the first Miss Lake Cumberland Pageant, held fifty-one years ago this spring, on Saturday night, April 14, 1973, in the V. P. Henry Auditorium at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia.

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Brookshire was named the first Miss Lake Cumberland



2024-02-04 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Doug Beard.
The first Miss Lake Cumberland Pageant, held fifty-one years ago this spring, on Saturday night, April 14, 1973, in the V. P. Henry Auditorium at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia.

Doug says, "The winner was Brenda Brookshire from Lexington, KY. The only other person I remember is the lady on the left, Cynthia Parnell from Columbia."

Thanks to JIM for a full rundown: In the photo, left to right: Cindy Parnell (Jeffersonville), 4th; June Wallace (Somerset), 1st); Brenda Brookshire (Lexington), Miss Lake Cumberland; Hildreth Delene "Dee" Ferguson (Albany), 2nd; and Mary Allison Chesney (Monticello), 3rd.

For a list of all contestants, see: Letter: Miss Lake Cumberland contestants in 1973

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