This month, Dawson County native Sallie Stowers placed in the top 15 at the Miss Georgia competition after representing her hometown as “Miss Amicalola Falls”.
According to Stowers, the competition was a whirlwind of activity from her arrival in Columbus on June 11 to the announcement of winners on June 19. She participated in a 10-minute private interview, performed a clogging routine as her talent, answered on-stage questions, pitched her social impact platform and walked onstage for her evening gown walk.
“I had the time of my life,” Stowers said. “Then Saturday was finals and I was called to the top 15 which was a total surprise and super exciting, so it was a lot of fun.”
Stowers said her favorite part of the competition is one that not everyone might enjoy: the 10-minute private interview with the panel of judges.
“I really enjoyed the interview, which I know is something a lot of people dread, but getting to have that one-on-one time with the judges is a lot of fun for me,” Stowers said. “And it’s like a mental challenge so I really enjoyed that.”
Stowers said that getting to represent Dawson County as “Miss Amicalola Falls”, a title that she was allowed to choose herself, made the experience even more special for her.
“I was really lucky to have that title and be able to represent my hometown,” Stowers said. “It was really neat.”
According to Stowers, she couldn’t have gotten so far in the competition without the support of her family members, friends and the community.
“I received so many phone calls, notes and text messages,” Stowers said. “It really does take a village, and I really do have the best village.”
Stowers will have a short break from pageants before starting the competition process again on the local level in hopes of returning to the Miss Georgia stage next year.
“I plan on doing locals starting this fall,” Stowers said, “so hopefully you’ll see me at Miss Georgia again.”