Queen of the city: Shelby Ridge crowns pageant winner

Shelby Ridge Nursing Home employee Sarah Hadder secures 2015 Miss Shelby Ridge Carolyn Blunt's crown as reigning Miss Shelby Ridge Bessie Smitherman, third from right, looks on. (Reporter Photo/Neal Wagner)

Shelby Ridge Nursing Home employee Sarah Hadder secures 2015 Miss Shelby Ridge Carolyn Blunt’s crown as reigning Miss Shelby Ridge Bessie Smitherman, third from right, looks on. (Reporter Photo/Neal Wagner)

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – Carolyn Blunt was still wide-eyed in amazement after dozens of cameras and cell phones finished snapping photos of her and the other five contestants in the 2015 Miss Shelby Ridge Pageant on May 5.

“Yes, very,” the soft-spoken Blunt said with a smile when asked if she was surprised when the judges announced her as the pageant winner.

As winner of the Shelby Ridge pageant, Blunt will move on to the Miss Alabama Nursing Home Pageant this summer at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover.

Her immediate plans?

“I’m going to rest for awhile first,” Blunt said with a laugh. “I’m looking forward to getting started (preparing) after that.”

Blunt, who wore a flowing teal dress and a pair of purple flower corsages, was crowned the winner after beating out the other five contestants: First runner-up Adierene Pate, second runner-up Mary Robbins, third runner-up Vera Humphrey and honorees Christy Ray and Barbara Murray.

During the competition, each contestant went through a question-and-answer session with the judges before the pageant. The contestants then were escorted one-by-one into the Shelby Ridge cafeteria, which was decorated in a “spring fever” theme, and completed a public question-and-answer session in front of about 35 visitors.

During the public question-and-answer session, Blunt was asked about the most exciting experience in her life, to which she replied, “Living in Hawaii.” While introducing Blunt, event emcee Gene Rowley, of the APH Radio station, said she is the mother of three and “Praises God in everything she does.”

Wesley Thomas, Frank Thompson, Marty Carter, Scott McKinney, Don Johnston and Adonis Murphy served as escorts in the pageant, and the judges were Leslie Barrett, Paige Landry and Jane Scott.

Patricia Bradberry greeted visitors at the door, and Kimberley Holmes and Tayna Thomas provided hair and makeup services for the contestants.

Before crowning her successor, reigning Miss Shelby Ridge Bessie Smitherman had a few words of encouragement for her friend Blunt.

“What a great honor it is to be crowned Miss Shelby Ridge,” Smitherman said.