Miss South Dakota parade

The Miss South Dakota Pagent, an official preliminary to the Miss America pagent, has always been held in Hot Springs, South Dakota. On the day of the final competition the city puts on a parade featuring the contestants. The local fire department takes the opportunity to show off their hardware, while I take the opportunity to practice using my rather complicated SLR camera. The camera has so many settings, buttons, and dials that if I don’t use it on a regular basis, I will lose my currency and have to start my task book all over again.

Here are a few shots I took today at the parade. Most of them were taken in a staging area, without many spectators.

Miss South Dakota
The 2009 Miss South Dakota, Morgan Peck
Miss South Dakota
Kelly Wismer, Miss Devil’s Gulch (got second runner-up)
Miss South Dakota
Anne Virginia Koepp, Miss South Dakota State University (got third runner-up)
Miss South Dakota
Valerie Menning, Miss University of South Dakota (got fourth runner-up)
Hot Springs, SD fire department
Hot Springs Fire Department
Hot Springs, SD fire department
Hot Springs fire department

UPDATE @ 11:00 p.m., June 19

The results are in and Loren Vaillancourt won. She is Miss South Dakota for 2010 and will represent the state in the Miss America pagent. Here is a photo of her in the parade.

Miss South Dakota, 2010
Loren Vaillancourt won the Miss South Dakota pagent, June 19, 2010

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

2 thoughts on “Miss South Dakota parade”

  1. I have never been there for a parade with beauty queens, but downtown Hot Springs with those grand sandstone buildings is my architectural favorite in South Dakota.


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