Miss Heart of the USA Pageant is unlike most other pageants.
It was founded on the premise of paying it forward and giving back to the community. One of its major emphasis is on addressing hunger in communities by collecting and donating food items to local food pantries wherever pageants are held.
Suanne Clopton from neighboring Burnet County is hoping to bring the pageant to Liberty Hill in April.
One pageant, which will also support veterans as well as hunger, is already slated for Burnet on March 29 at the VFW building on State Highway 29. Other regional pageants have been held in Georgetown, Marble Falls and Fredericksburg.
The inaugural pageant was held in Alabama where community members banded together to sponsor the event to support their local food bank.
Unlike other pageants, Miss Heart of the USA is open to girls and women of all ages (0-100). The participants are broken down into age divisions and focus is more on a natural look instead of all the glitz.
“It’s really all about service to the community,” said Mrs. Clopton, who herself participated in her first pageant at Fredericksburg. Her granddaughter, Lauren Clopton, as well as her stepdaughter, Becky Clopton, also participated in Fredericksburg. All three walked away with titles.
Registration generally runs about $25 plus 15 nonperishable food items to donate to the local pantry.
Mrs. Clopton, who has been involved in other community activities, is helping the Hill Country Director, Angela Nelson, with organizing new pageants around the region.
More information is available on the pageant at www.missheartoftheusa.com/texas and on Facebook.