From parades to duck races, contestants in the 2014 Miss Georgia pageant stayed busy every single minute during their recent week-long stay in Columbus. And Kristen Card, the reigning Ms. Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, loved every minute of it.
“The opportunity to represent ABAC in the Miss Georgia event really allowed me to grow as a person,” Card, a senior biology major at ABAC, said. “Meeting and interacting with the other contestants is the most special memory I brought home.”
Georgia Tech senior Maggie Bridges won the Miss Georgia title at the RiverCenter in Columbus last Saturday night. Card said it was the fifth time that Bridges had competed in the event and her experience really paid off.
“We were all very excited for her to win,” Card, daughter of Chris and Cheryl Card of Cordele, said. “A lot of the contestants are getting tickets to see her in Atlantic City in September when she competes for Miss America.”
All 39 Miss Georgia contestants stayed in Columbus State University dormitories during the competition from June 14-21. Everyone got up a wake-up call at 6 a.m. every morning.
“That was really early to start but we had a lot of things to do every day,” Card said. “We had appearances all over Columbus, and we had rehearsals every day for the special production numbers.”
The participants ran in a 5K road race, sold individual plastic ducks for the “Quack Race,” and were featured in a downtown parade.
The 24-year-old Card is now preparing for her final days at ABAC when the fall semester begins Aug. 13. She plans to graduate in December with her bachelor’s degree in biology.
“I’m working now at a part time job with the Georgia Department of Agriculture and I hope with a few genetics classes, I can turn that into a full-time position,” Card said.