Senior Ms. Rabbit Fest Nancy Carothers put the Cinderella slipper on the other foot this past week. She stepped off the pageant stage and took a seat at the judges’ table in Thorndale.

Carothers, who has years of pageant judging experience, was one of three judges to select the new Miss Thorndale.

“The pageant in Thorndale was fabulous. I so enjoyed judging again,” Carothers said. “The community was so gracious and worked so hard on the event.”

Pageant Director Donna Johnston said Senior Ms. Rabbit Fest rounded out the panel of judges perfectly with her years of experience.

“Nancy was very charming and a great role model for our young contestants. She has been a prior winner and contestant as well as having a daughter who also competed in pageants,” Johnston said.

All of the Rabbit Fest royalty got more experience at chamber ribbon cuttings last week at the opening of the Goodwill store. Junior Mister Rabbit Fest Zachary Petty and Little Mister Rabbit Fest Jeremiah Anderson held the chamber sign along with Pre-Teen Miss Rabbit Fest Natalie Perez, Young Miss Rabbit Fest Kelsey Dane and Teen Miss Rabbit Fest Kelseigh Fife. Baby Miss Rabbit Fest Abigail Butterfield was there to cheer everyone on.

Chamber events are a priority for the royal representatives since the Rabbit Fest is a chamber function.

The highlight of the week for the kings and queens was the Star Group-Veterans Helping Veterans annual Independence Day picnic at the Copperas Cove Civic Center. Organizer Jonathan Haywood invited the royalty to be introduced on stage.

“We are very fortunate to have our Rabbit Fest kings and queens with us at our picnic this year. They are great representatives for our city and for the festival,” he said.

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