BOUNTIFUL - It’s good to be queen.
Bountiful native Nicole Lindsay, a nursing student at the University of Utah, was named this year’s Miss Days of ’47 Queen. Lindsay, along with her two attendants, will serve as an official ambassador during the week of Days of ’47 events starting this Saturday in Salt Lake.
“It’s the chance of a lifetime,” said Lindsay. “It’s a really humbling experience.”
In addition to speaking engagements and appearances, Lindsay and her attendants will also receive scholarships to their schools of choice.
Though she appreciated the assistance with school, it was her mother’s example that first prompted Lindsay to try out for the pageant in the first place.
“My mom did it when she was my age,” she said. “So I thought, ‘Why not give it a try?’”
Lindsay was chosen from a selection of 19 contestants, all of whom could detail their personal lineage from pioneers who arrived in the Salt Lake Valley between 1847-1869.
Though the pageant was fun, Lindsay said that it was also pretty exhausting.
“It sounds silly, but it was really draining,” she said. “In 48 hours, you put on an entertainment production with girls you’ve never met before. It’s an emotional whirlwind.”
Still, she enjoyed the chance to spend time with the other contestants.
“Being around other girls who are trying to do good in their communities is inspiring,” said Lindsay.
She and her attendants have appeared at parades throughout the state, as well as Days of ’47 events held earlier this month. They will continue those appearances at events held throughout the week in Salt Lake, including the Youth Parade on July 19, the Float Preview Party on July 21-22 and the Days of ‘47 Rodeo July 22-26.
A complete schedule of events can be found at daysof47.com.
Lindsay and her attendants are also open for other speaking opportunities, and can be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 801-274-1224.
Though she’s looking forward to the rodeo, she said the thing she enjoys most is getting to talk to little girls all across the state.
“I love being able to interact with the little girls and develop a relationship with them,” she said.
Lindsay remembers looking up to the Days of ’47 queen and other pageant royalty when she was younger, and appreciates the opportunity to give that experience to other little girls.
“I loved the way her crown sparkled,” she said. “It’s a lot of pressure to be in that position myself, but I’m excited for that chance.”