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9/22/2012 7:22:00 AM
Contestants selected for upcoming Miss Blythe 2013 Pageant
The six contestants competing for the 2013 title  are (pictured, left to right): Ariel Ramirez, Ariana Tribby, Bianca Saldivar, Traci Romero, Doreen Vazquez, and Sharon Ware.
The six contestants competing for the 2013 title are (pictured, left to right): Ariel Ramirez, Ariana Tribby, Bianca Saldivar, Traci Romero, Doreen Vazquez, and Sharon Ware.
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BLYTHE - Rehearsals for the 2013 Miss Blythe Pageant are underway, with contestants beginning to prepare paperwork, gather attire, and practice the numbers for the annual pageant, which is set to kick off at 7 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Palo Verde College.

The Miss Blythe Committee, along with Palo Verde College, are pleased to announce that the pageant will be held in the new Performing Arts Theatre at the main campus.

Reigning Miss California, Leah Cecil, and Reigning Miss Blythe's Outstanding Teen, Cristina Bequer, will be in attendance.

The new title holder will be crowned by reigning Miss Blythe - and a state finalist at Miss California Pageant - Celeste Velarde.

The six contestants competing for the 2013 title include: Ariel Ramirez, Ariana Tribby, Bianca Saldivar, Traci Romero, Sharon Ware and Doreen Vazquez.

Tickets are now available from each of the contestants and at the Blythe Area Chamber of Commerce office at their new location on Spring Street.

Princesses are also being sought for the pageant. Eligible ages 4-11. Contact the Chamber at 760-922-8166 for more information.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Article comment by: Small Town Girl.....

I have volunteered (in the past) with the Miss Blythe Pageant, for MANY years... that's how and why I know. Back in the day our girls went to MANY more pageants and did VERY, VERY well, in fact, winning at least 1/3 of every pageant they completed in. I never said I was Miss Blythe, just to seek out former contestants and winners to get a little more advice. If you were sick, would you perhaps want a second opinion? That's all I'm saying, glean as much knowledge from as many people and places as possible... MAKES SENSE RIGHT? Maybe, just maybe, the advice given by someone else might just be the nugget of knowledge that make all the difference. ENOUGH SAID!

Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012
Article comment by: A T

@Small Town Girl, just wait till I take your crown at the Miss E-Town Pageant!!

Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012
Article comment by: Hay Farm Girl

@Small Town Girl ~ Since you have much to say about how the "advisors" who help our Blythe Pagent Girls, why don't you volunteer your time to help out since you "seem" to act like you are SUCH A PROFESSIONAL in this pagent world?? Ok so you might have won Miss Blythe back in the 1980s but what other titles did you go on to win? I NEVER saw you become MISS CALIFORNIA or MISS EHRENBERG for that fact. So I give the respect to the people WHO ARE volunteering their time to help these young girls out. Stop criticizing and volunteer your time and money to help these girls out since you claim to have so much experience with pagents. Since you supposedly have judged pagents in the past you should know exactly what the judges are looking for. These girls and advisors are doing their best and I wish them all the best of luck.

Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012
Article comment by: Tammy Velarde

@ Small Town Girl: As the parents of the current Miss Blythe 2012, we disagree with your comments. We don’t believe “blogging” is the way to discuss this issue however, we felt compelled to defend our program directors. We have seen firsthand the compassion and commitment they have for this great program. This program would not be one of the most successful programs in the state of California if it were not for them. They volunteer hundreds of hours a year and spend their annual vacations to help run it and to take our ladies to compete in Fresno at the Miss California. There is so much more we would like to say but it would be impossible to fully express our thanks and appreciation in this forum. We realize you were not questioning their dedication to the program, but it needed to be said.

As to your concern, the Miss Blythe program directors without a doubt provided our daughter the tools she needed to succeed beyond the Miss Blythe program. The reason she did not win was by no means the fault of our directors. But it doesn’t matter because the end result for our daughter was something far more valuable than any crown could give her and she is a better person because of this program and its directors. We are very proud of our daughter and her accomplishments this past year, and none of it would have been possible without the guidance, patience, and dedication displayed by the Miss Blythe program directors and those special people involved with the Miss Blythe Outstanding Teen program.

Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@Olivia. C. It's hard to communicate with a person with a one track mind. Let me know when you find the other track. Then maybe you will understand. This is a comment.

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Article comment by: Olivia Cylin

You should really educate yourself on how Miss Blythe Scholarship program. You would come to find out that the City of Blythe has no involvement or say on how this program is ran. They shouldn't even have been mentioned on this topic. I couldn't tell of your last sentence was a question or comment.

Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@Olivia C. I never bad mouth these young ladies. Only the leaders of this small community of just being small minded. Small minded does not equal old fashion. Look at the money they are going to waste on a Welcome Center. For the fat kids of this community. Is that not why we have the Rec- Center or parks all around town.

Posted: Monday, October 1, 2012
Article comment by: Olivia Cylin

These ladies are absolutely qualified for competing in the Miss California Scholarship Pageant. I hope some people realize that there is only one winner out of 100 plus girls competing. Most of these girls go into the competition with a goal of just doing their absolute best and bringing back wonderful memories. We’re proud of these ladies for learning and growing as much as they have since day one. Also, you’d be surprised at how intelligent and hard working these title holders are and how much hard work and commitment is invested from the staff to prepare these ladies to compete. The Miss Blythe’s staff and directors are nowhere near being small minded either. You should really get to know everyone involved. You’d be surprised of all they really do. For Small Town Girl and El Pica Buyas, it is also small minded to judge these girls and the staff in the ill minded manor that you have. I’m serious, once you get to know these people, you will have a change of heart. There are plenty of cities in California that haven’t had a Miss California winner. Winning isn’t everything. On a more positive note, I wish all of these young ladies the very best of luck and congratulate you for your participation in the Miss Blythe Scholarship Pageant!

Posted: Monday, October 1, 2012
Article comment by: A R

The girl who won La Paz did not become Miss AZ until 1998. She was Miss La Paz in 94, 96, and then Miss Tempe Butes and that's the title she won Miss AZ under. Coming from a small town like Blythe, I am very impressed with their pageant committee and titleholders. Excellent job to all - keep up the hard work as you are all volunteers and deserve nothing but praise!

Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2012
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@Small town G. I understand where you are coming from. Remember this is Blythe, a small town with a small mind. The people that run things here will not change. Not in City Hall. School, College, Hospital Board. Much less in the Beauty Contest. All of these contestants are Beautiful and talented. I bet they have their own ideas. But others, that coach these young women will refuse to change. I also bet that some other coaches have their own ideas. Knowing Blythe. If these coaches tried to implement them it would be the last year on the program.

Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2012
Article comment by: Small Town Girl, But Not Small Minded

@respectfully disagree, the catagories you mentioned have actually nothing to do with the actual title of Miss California, the catagories are... Talent, Swimwear, Evening Gown and Interview, unfortunately if it were about community service or attitude Miss Blythe would win Miss California nearly every year because they are strong, caring and giving young women. What I am talking about is actually preparing Miss Blythe to WIN Miss California, winning isn't everything, but why do most people enter contests? It's not for the experience it's because they want to win. Do you buy raffle tickets? Sure you may not win (most don't) but everybody wants to win, that TV, Money, Free whatever, and have you ever entered any contest not wanting or at least hoping to win? Of course not, none of us do. The Young Women of Blythe are More than capable of becoming Miss California I know it, but again I reiterate, they lack the guidance to get them to the next level. Last year if one contestant would have sang a different song (by the same artist) she might have won the talent portion, again song choice is so very important, that's where the directors are responsible to give the girls the best advice possible!

Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012
Article comment by: Respectfully disagree!

I respectfully disagree with your comments. I do not think you have been following our young ladies at the state level. Ariel Ramirez was named to the Top 10 last year at the Miss California's Outstanding Teen Program, Justine St John Miss Blythe a few years ago was named the Miss California Spirit of California award winner, this years teen Cristina Bequer won the outstanding Community Service Award out of all the California contestants and Celeste Velarde, the reigning Miss Blythe was on just about everyones top 10 list in Fresno. I would like to commend the program and the young ladies. They work very hard and have had some very good results. Winning isn't everything, it is the experience one gets along the way!

Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Article comment by: Small Town Girl, But Not Small Minded

Good Luck Ladies, Here's a piece of good advice. Get some help with your talents, song selection can make ALL the difference. Seek out former contestants from the early 1980's to get some really very good advice. To those involved in the pageant PLEASE give these girls the guidance they deserve to get them to the next level. I've noticed that our young ladies are no where near ready to compete against the other contestants from around the state. You need to stop being just a name in the program and get these girls ready with interviews (probably the most important catagory, because that first impression is everything) and then really prepping them for the future and not just this pageant! As a former contestant and former judge in several different pageants not only in California but Arizona as well I am wondering if those involved in the pageant are qualified to do so? P.S. I judged the Miss La Paz County Pageant in which the winner became Miss Arizona. I know what I'm talking about.

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