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Country Ham Festival Pageant will be part of this years John Maher Builders Spring Hill Country Ham Festival

This year’s John Maher Builders Spring Hill Country Ham Festival will host the Inaugural Country Ham Festival Pageant. The pageant will consist of two age divisions: Junior Miss (ages 13 – 15) and Miss (ages 16 – 20). The pageant will be held Saturday evening, Sept. 29 at Frazier Hall, located on the campus of the Tennessee Children’s Home.

Treisa Briggs, local mom, military wife and owner of Wedded Bliss Wedding Directing Services, will be the director of the pageant which will consist of beauty/formal wear and talent competitions. Briggs has more than 30 years of experience in pageants as a competitor, judge and director.

“We are very happy to announce the details for the first annual Junior Miss and Miss Country Ham Festival Pageant!” said Briggs. “Winners will represent the [John Maher Builders Spring Hill Country Ham Festival] throughout the festival weekend to hand out awards and participate in the festivities.”

Andy Meldrum, executive director of the CHF of Spring Hill Community Foundation, Inc., the 501(c)3 organization behind the festival, said the Ham Festival Pageant will “mirror the spirit of community that the festival is known for.”

“This pageant competition will be unique to the festival,” said Meldrum. “We want the contestants to further the spirit of goodwill that this community event represents. Most of all, we want them to have fun!”

Meldrum and Briggs have plans to add a separate portion of the competition wherein contestants will be dressed in costumes they feel most represent “Miss Country Ham Festival.”

“We are expecting to see creativity displayed in portraying the real “Miss Country Ham!” said Meldrum.

Those interested in participating in the pageant will have the chance to apply starting Monday, Aug. 20. Applications will be available at the Spoiled Lady (South James Campbell Boulevard in Columbia) and at the Tennessee Children’s Home (804 Branham Hughes Boulevard in Spring Hill). Further details regarding the formal wear and talent competitions will be provided with applications.

“I love pageants because they offer young ladies a moment to shine – and that is just what we want this pageant to be,” said Briggs. “I always share with the girls before a pageant begins and tell them ‘remember – this is about having fun, making memories and having your moment to be beautiful on stage. There are three judges tonight and the winner chosen might have been different if there were three different judges sitting in their seats. So, enjoy the moment!’”

The ninth Annual John Maher Builders Spring Hill Country Ham Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday Oct. 6 and 7, at the Tennessee Children’s Home (804 Branham Hughes Boulevard in Spring Hill). Hours are 10 a.m. until dark on Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to this family fun event is $3 per person (children ages 3 and under are admitted free). Highlights of the day include a free Kid’s Zone with 12 inflatables, more than 70 arts and crafts booths, 24 fabulous food vendors, a main stage hosted by the “Ham Family” with music provided by Middle Tennessee talent, free monster truck rides, games and competitions. A spectacular fireworks exhibit will begin at dark. Also new this year will be the “Hog Jog,” a 5K cross country race beginning at 8 a.m. the morning of the festival. The first ever “Junior Miss and Miss Country Ham” contests will take place Saturday evening, Sept. 29 at Frazier Hall on the Children’s Home campus.

For information, visit or contact Andy Meldrum at 615-429-7115.

Posted on: 8/10/2012


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