Miss Rabbit Fest Aleea Best paints finger nails of future beauty queens Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the second annual End of School Extravaganza at Lions Club Park in Killeen.

For those who find pageants objectionable because they focus on outward beauty, the naysayers might change their minds if they had been at the Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful waterways cleanup this past Saturday.

Twenty-one Rabbit Fest kings and queens and their family members got down and dirty helping to fish 500 pounds of garbage out of the creek that runs behind Bibleway Baptist Church.

The royal group made up more than two-thirds of the volunteers who came to help at the event. Showing up with no makeup and hair in pony tails and under hats, the queens and kings came to work. KCCB Director Silvia Rhoads welcomed the help.

“It was great to have all of the kings and queens come. It was a first,” she said.

Even the youngest of the royal group got in on the action with Little Miss Rabbit Fest Addison Young declaring her purpose was to dispose of the unsightly waste.

“I am going to pick up every piece of trash I see,” said Addison, 4.

After the trash pickup, the older queens had one hour to shower, grab lunch, and be at their next appearance, which was the second annual End of School Extravaganza at Lions Club Park in Killeen.

Teen Miss Rabbit Fest Kelseigh Fife and Miss Rabbit Fest Aleea Best volunteered in the Pretty Princess Parlor where they painted the finger nails of future queens, let them see their crowns, and shared their experiences as newly crowned royalty.

Renecia Harris-Ruffin of Tooty Tot, which sponsored the celebration, said having the queens at her event added a touch of elegance and realism.

“It’s so great to have them here ... to have real queens. Our little girls love seeing them,” Harris-Ruffin said.

Any organization or group that would like to invite the Rabbit Fest royalty to lend a hand at their events should contact the chamber at 254-547-7571 or email rabbitfestpageant@gmail.com.

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