Mrs. Summit County loses state competition but has no regrets
SUMMIT COUNTY – Lisa Smith was hoping to return home Sunday with a new name – Mrs. Colorado.
Smith, aka Mrs. Summit County 2002, competed in the Mrs. Colorado-America pageant in Denver this weekend but she did not bring back the crown. Only the top five women place, and Smith was not among them. Emily Stark ,of Parker, won the 2002 title.
“I was pretty confident going in,” Smith said. “But I had such steep competition, I wasn’t really surprised with the outcome.”
Smith said the women who won have competed in the annual pageant for the past several years; this was Smith’s first year.
Smith is not a newcomer to beauty pageants, though. The Louisiana native competed in pageants through her teens and into her 20s.
Prior to this weekend, it had been four years since Smith’s last pageant. She said she felt rusty, but a lot of things came back to her – how to walk and pose, for example. And she said she felt good about her performance.
The pageant weekend included three days of rehearsal before the pageant itself. By the time the pageant began, Smith said, she was ready for it to be over.
“People think it’s easy work, but it’s not; it’s tough,” Smith said. “Your feet hurt, you’ve been smiling all day … it feels like your mouth is going to fall off.”
Smith said the pageant director made the competitors practice their choreography over and over, until they all got it right. So much so, it reminded her of ballet class as a girl.
“It was more work than I thought,” Smith said. “It was go, go, go – from the time you got there, ’til the time you left. I really didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to.”
Smith won’t find out her overall placing until the end of the month, she said. That placement might be the deciding factor in whether she will compete again.
“If they tell me “Look, you’re way out of your league,’ I won’t. But if they tell me I was close, then yeah, I’ll probably try it again.”
Despite all the hard work, and returning home without the desired Mrs. Colorado title, Smith said she has no regrets.
“It was a memorable event,” she said.
Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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