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Farewell From a Queen

The 2017 Miss Fayetteville Dogwood Festival, Emma Carter, shares her experience during her reign just days before she crowns the 2018 Miss Dogwood Festival.
As the 20th Miss Fayetteville Dogwood Festival I have had the privilege of representing the greatest festival in all of North Carolina this year. There's truly nothing anyone can say to explain this experience or prepare you for it, you just have to live it for yourself. There have been times in my life I've so looked forward to hopefully being Miss Fayetteville Dogwood Festival and I promise you it has been one of the most rewarding and special pieces of my life. When I reflect on all that has happened, and how quickly the year has passed, I can't help but feel nostalgic for all the blessings that have come my way through this opportunity.

When I was crowned last year I could not believe that I had been entrusted with this responsibility. To think that 5 individuals saw in me the qualities of a leader in our community meant more to me than I can say. However, I can say with assurance I have done everything in my power to make the most of each and every moment. I believe that the one of the most important things we can get out of life are relationships with wonderful people, and that is exactly what I gained this year. My amazing fellow Dogwood Queens, Emma, Kyndal, and Lexi, have been too much fun! The bond we have been able to form with one another has been irreplaceable. They are the most incredible girls and have the brightest futures ahead of them. The Dogwood Festival Pageant Committee is the finest group of women around. They have been a support system, and dear friends, this entire year. I know from experience that this is not the end of the line for knowing all of these amazing people. This is a special sisterhood that will always be a part of me.

I have had the opportunity to be among the greatest of Fayetteville this year. From singing the national anthem at the SwampDogs game, entertaining at the Kiwanis Talent Show, serving cake with Mayor Robertson at the Festival of Yesteryear, singing at the Christmas Banquet for the volunteers of Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, riding in parades, visiting many pageants, and so much more.

To think this entire year has already passed me by makes me sad, but the memories and people that I now get to carry with me make it so worth it. I’m forever indebted to the pageant association and Fayetteville Dogwood Festival for the opportunities and support they have extended my way this year. There’s no greater experience for young women in Cumberland County than what this pageant provides.

I know the next woman to fill these shoes will be an incredible example for our community. She has a road ahead of her full of amazing moments. I am excited for her, whoever she will be.

With a grateful heart,

Emma Carter

Miss Fayetteville Dogwood Festival 2017
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