Sweet Potato Festival queens staying busy

By Will Isgett, Contributing Writer

When crowns were placed on the heads of the new Miss SC Sweet Potato Festival Caitlan Walzer and Miss SC Sweet Potato Festival Teen Payton Lang on September 20th, their journey had just begun.

Since then, the two have been traveling the state of South Carolina, along with a few stops in neighboring states, not only promoting the SC Sweet Potato Festival- but also preparing for the 2015 Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen pageants this June in Columbia.

Miss SC Sweet Potato Festival Caitlan Walzer

Miss SC Sweet Potato Festival Caitlan Walzer

Payton and Princess Chandler Jordan appeared on WPDE News Channel 15’s Carolina and Company Live with hosts and Darlington native Cecil Chandler and Amanda Kinseth on October 1st promoting the festival; Payton followed that up the next evening by participating in the Wine, Design and Dine benefit for the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Caitlan participated in a fundraiser for Miss Hartsville USA Mika Friday in Columbia on October 4th, and dressed up as Elsa from Frozen and entertained the kids at the tea party.

Caitlan, Payton and Chandler appeared at the SC Sweet Potato Festival on October 11, and presided over the festival and entertained on the main stage. The day was filled with meeting new people and also serving as judges for the car show.
Caitlan and Chandler participated in the Darlington High School homecoming parade on October 17th as they supported the Falcons and rode through the city of Darlington on a vintage antique car.

On November 14, Payton attended the Fur Ball in Columbia, and Caitlan attended the Miss Spartanburg pageant on November 15.

As part of American Education week Caitlan and Payton read to the students at Pate Elementary School and were excited to meet the principal and all the wonderful students and teachers.

Miss SC Sweet Potato Festival Teen Payton Lang

Miss SC Sweet Potato Festival Teen Payton Lang

On December 1st, Payton attended the Pilot Club Christmas Tree lighting at City Hall and also attended a Christmas dinner that same evening at Jewel’s of Darlington.

On December 4th, Caitlan served as a judge for the Miss Mayo High School pageant and was very impressed with the contestants and the production that the school put on.

Caitlan, Payton and Chandler rode in the Hartsville Christmas parade on December 6th and Caitlan made an appearance at Dashing through the Square in downtown Darlington that afternoon.

Both Caitlan and Chandler rode on the city of Darlington float in the Darlington Christmas parade on December 7 and then participated in the city of Darlington Christmas tree lighting following the parade.

Payton spent her Christmas gathering items for the Sistercare in Columbia and presented them to the organization.
Both queens made an appearance at the Miss Camden Scholarship pageant and saw Abbie Zvejnieks, who was first runner-up to Miss SC Sweet Potato Festival win the title.

Both are now returning to school after the Christmas break and are concentrating on preparing for the state pageant.
“I have enjoyed representing the SC Sweet Potato Festival so much,” Walzer said. “It’s a dream come true to work with Director Will Isgett and his committee.”

Lang agreed.

“I have enjoyed this experience so much and can’t wait for even more,” she said. “Representing the festival is such an honor.”

For more information on how you can have the SC Sweet Potato Festival queens at your next event contact Director Will Isgett at 843-206-1728 or willisgett@hotmail.com.

Author: Duane Childers

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