“The Chugiak Spring Carnival”
From the April 8, 1954 Chugiak Calendar:
Fourteen girls have filed for entry in the most exciting race for Queen ever staged for an Alaskan festival. The Queen of Spring for the Chugiak Carnival will receive plaudits of the entire territory besides a week’s all-expense paid vacation for two in Seattle, and many valuable prizes and merchandise.
While the excitement of the beauty bathing suit parade had best wait until the evening of May 31, a quick review of some of the candidates is good enough to knock twenty years off the most staid Chugiak male population. Extra prizes are to be awarded to the runner-ups who will qualify for the Royal Court.
Quips about Queens — Faye Ferguson giving away cookies with each vote; Midi Webster stopping presses of both Anchorage papers with picture of her dressed in a hat; dreams of young men shattered when learning ballerina dancer Gloria Cross also an excellent rifle shot; contestant getting Anchorage Fire Dept. out of bed to answer alarm to buy Queen tickets; Beverly Haik doing a few odd bumps while waiting for record player to start; giving away kisses for books of tickets; Elsa Olson worrying about goose bumps showing in picture while posing in bathing suit on frozen Lake Spenard; girl breaks G-string (on ukulele, that is!)
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