2008-10-15 / Front Page

Miss Colquitt competes for National Peanut title

Miss Colquitt, Courtney Brownlee Miss Colquitt, Courtney Brownlee Courtney Brownlee, the reigning Miss Colquitt, will be representing her hometown of Colquitt in the upcoming National Peanut Festival Pageant. The pageant will be held at the Dothan Civic Center October 17 and October 18, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. central standard time. Forty-eight contestants from Georgia, Florida and Alabama will be vying for the prestigious title.

Courtney is the daughter of Mark and Deborah Pearce and Ron Brownlee of Colquitt. She is the granddaughter of Ronald and Sandra Brownlee and Meda McLendon, also of Colquitt. She is a senior at Miller County High School, where she is president of the Beta Club, a member of FFA and tennis team. She also attends Bainbridge College.

Courtney will arrive in Dothan on Thursday, where she will begin competition. She will have one-on-one interviews with each of five judges. The contestants will also visit different school systems in the area on Thursday. Then on Friday evening, the preliminary competition will be held.

On Saturday, the contestants will introduce themselves before the naming of the top ten. Courtney is #46 in the pageant.

Miss Colquitt has been busy preparing for the pageant since winning the title of Miss Colquitt. Over the summer, she attended Wallace Day, where each contestant had to write an essay. The essay was "If I was chosen Miss Peanut, and I was asked to talk in front of a group of farmers, what would I say to the farmers and what would my attire be." Also, Courtney has spent several weekends attending rehearsals.

However, Courtney will be no stranger as she takes to the stage next Thursday night. She has participated in many pageants and has held many titles. She currently holds the titles of Miss Miller/Seminole Forestry, Miss Relay for Life, Miss Campus Beauty, Miss Spirit of Christmas, Miss Southwest Georgia Peanut and Miss Decatur County Pine Seedling.

If you would like to send good luck wishes to Courtney, she will be staying at the Dothan National, 7410 South U.S. Highway 231, Dothan, Al. 36301.

On Saturday, November 8, Courtney will be joined by Little Miss Colquitt, Harley Shiver, as they represent Colquitt in the National Peanut Festival Parade to be held in downtown Dothan.

Good luck, Courtney, as you represent your hometown of Colquitt! Everyone here will be cheering for you.

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