Ms. Colorado Senior Gayle Novak (center) surrounded by First Runner Up Dr. Linda Lister and Second Runner Up Dee Clark, both of Denver.
When Gayle Novak turned 60, she decided she wanted to try a new venture. That was entering the Ms. Colorado Senior America Pageant in her first year of eligibility. And, she won! The Ms. Senior America Pageants throughout the states celebrate reaching and honoring “The Age of Elegance.” When the pageant was established in 1972, the average age of contestants was 82. The oldest contestant was 99 and learned to tap dance when she was 80.
There is no swimsuit competition. Evening gown counts as 20 percent of the score, interview (which the audience did not hear) counts as 30 percent, philosophy of life is 20 percent and talent is 30 percent. Gayle’s evening gown was a striking hand-beaded column by designer Marc Bouwer. She sang “Money, Money, Money” from the Broadway musical Mamma Mia and her philosophy of life: “Life is a melody and I’m looking forward to the rhapsody yet to come.” In November she will compete for the national crown in Atlantic City. The appreciative audience applauded Pageant Administrator René Green who did a phenomenal job with the production staged at Lone Tree Arts Center. She is already looking for 2019 contestants.
Colorado Cameo Tambouriners, all former Ms. Colorado Senior pageant contestants, performed duringthe program. Photos by Scottie Iverson
The distinguished judges: Mark Zwilling – director of music and the Arts for St. Andrews United Methodist Church, Jeannette Trujillo-Lucero – artistic director for The Fiesta Colorado Dance Company, Fran Owens – Ms. Massachusetts Senior America 2007, Joey Canyon – award-winning professional entertainer and entrepreneur, Jill Beam- native Texan, award-sinning park and recreation professional.
Colorado State Pageant Administrator René Green with emcees Tony David of WildeFire and Michelle Rahn, former Ms. Colorado Senior and Ms. Senior America 2004.
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