Beaver Queen Pageant extends special invitation to Miss Sweden to enter the Pageant
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Beaver Lodge Local 1504, organizers of the Third Annual Beaver Queen Pageant, announced today a special waiver of the deadline for entrants into the Pageant to allow Miss Sweden to compete in the 2007 Beaver Queen Pageant.
"We fully understand Sweden's reluctance to allow their representative to compete in the Miss Universe contest, on the grounds that it is degrading to women," said Katherine DeNerve, of the Beaver Lodge's Pageant Committee. "Our pageant is the only one we know of that honors all genders and orientations, regardless of which species the contestant to belongs to. Miss Sweden is welcome to come to Duke Park, in Durham, North Carolina, on Saturday, June 2, to honor the beaver by competing for the title of Beaver Queen."
News reports state that Isabel Lestapier Winqvist, the newly crowned Miss Sweden, has withdrawn from the Miss Universe contest because the Swedish federation believes the contest is degrading to women.
Previous winners of the Beaver Queen Pageant include Beverly Woody (2005) and June Cleaver Beaver (2006). For more details about the Third Annual Beaver Pageant, including a slide show and video presentation of previous pageants, please visit Beaver Lodge Local 1504.
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