Finalists for the Miss Cowgirl will receive a crown and flowers while admission fees will be donated for breast cancer research

Pageants with a Purpose is truly a pageant series unlike those that can be found on television.
“My pageants are not about putting on a lot of makeup, fake hair and tanning on the little ones. Each age group needs to be represented as the age that they are,” said Vicky McShane, the pageant series founder.
McShane participated in pageants when she was younger and was inspired to host her own pageants, which she has done for three years.
 “I loved participating in pageants when I was growing up and I enjoy hosting events. That’s what inspired me to host my own pageants series,” she said.
Not only does McShane pride herself on the fact her beauty pageant series is unlike other pageants, she makes sure that the profit made from pageant admission fees is sent to various causes.
There are several pageants taking place throughout 2011-2012, with the first happening on Sunday, October 16, at Cowboys Steakhouse & Saloon in Plant City. Miss Cowgirl for Tough Enough to Wear Pink will have two categories for girls to compete and one category for boys to compete.
“The guys category is Western themed and they have to add pink to their outfit somehow. Girls can compete in beauty and/or Western,” said McShane.
 Money raised from attendance fees for this event will go towards breast cancer research.
The other pageants happening this year are Miss New Tampa, Miss Holiday Glitz and Glamour, Miss Heart of Trinity and Miss Pageant with a Purpose.
“Miss Pageant with a Purpose will take place during March of 2012 and it will act as a finals pageant for all the contestants that were in the other four pageants,” said McShane.
For more information on Pageants with a Purpose, please e-mail Vicky McShane at or call 714-6513. For those interested in attending Miss Cowgirl, Cowboys Steakhouse & Saloon is located at 106 S.R. 60 in Plant City.

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