New Sweet Potato Festival queens ready for the big time
When the crowns were placed upon the heads of the new Miss S.C. Sweet Potato Festival Chelsea Bullock and Miss S.C. Sweet Potato Festival Teen Kinsley Odom the work instantly begin in preparation for the Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen pageants, and the chance of a lifetime in representing the S.C. Sweet Potato Festival throughout the year.
Chelsea Bullock, a Bennettsville native, and a senior nursing major at the University of South Carolina, competed in the Miss division for the first time and walked away with the $1200 college scholarship and a prize package of more than $1000. Bullock competed in the Miss South Carolina Teen pageant five years ago as Miss Society Hill Teen garnering top 15 honors, but this time she is ready to go and bring the Miss South Carolina crown back to the city of Darlington.
“I am overjoyed to be Miss SC Sweet Potato Festival and feel wholly privileged to have been chosen from such a beautiful, talented, and poised group of women,” Bullock said. “I anticipate an awesome year of service in Darlington and also statewide, promoting my platform and Children’s Miracle Network.”
Bullock’s platform is “Go Green” Promoting Mental Health Awareness. Her platform focuses on letting individuals know that mental health is just as important as physical health.
Kinsley Odom, 15-year old Florence native, and a sophomore at West Florence High School, served as Miss Hartsville Teen this past year, and is ready to take the Miss S.C. Sweet Potato Festival title to state and also bring home the title.
“It’s such a great opportunity to be able to represent Darlington and the Pilot Club for a year,” Odom said. “I will have the opportunity to spread the message of the national platform the Children’s Miracle Network and my personal platform, which is so important to me.”
Odom’s platform is “Downright Perfect” which focuses on Down Syndrome Awareness. She has a personal story, as her nine-year old brother Kayden suffers from Down Syndrome trisomy 21 and is a living example of why Odom is a staunch supporter of his illness.
Both young women are dancers and have taken for over a combined 30 years. They both danced in the pageant, with Bullock performing a high-energy jazz routine to a Fergie/Whitney Houston mix, while Odom tap danced to “Don’t Rain on my Parade”
Both will perform at the 32nd annual S.C. Sweet Potato Festival on October 10th and will also serve as judges at the Chili-Cook Off at the Market on the Square Event this Saturday October 3 on the Square in Darlington.
If you would like to book the two at your next event please call Pageant Director Will Isgett at 843-206-1728 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.