Hello 2017!!

It’s nice to finally see you! However, I’m starting to feel like “old news” seeing all of the beautiful new girls join the Miss North Carolina Class of 2017, while my sash says 2016. It’s starting to hit me and become real that the year I’ve worked so hard to live through is halfway through it’s book. To be quite honest with you, I don’t even know that being the “79th Queen of the Tar Heel State” (as Lane Ragsdale announces me) has even fully sunk in yet!! I feel just as giddy putting my crown on today as I did in June, and I doubt that feeling will ever go away.
January has been full of new schedules, planning events, getting in the kick of a different gym routine, and thinking of goals I would like to achieve throughout the next few months. I walked in my first fashion show ever for one of my amazing dress sponsors, An Affair to Remember in Fayetteville. I had an eventful day, to say the least, at the Pheasant Hunt Scholarship Fundraiser with Mr. McNeil Chestnut (you can go check out my Facebook LIVE on my Facebook page to catch some of the action). I strolled down memory lane as I sat in the audience at the Miss Cabarrus County pageant. I’ve come full circle through and with my Cabarrus family because we have been together since day 1!! Announcing myself onstage as a visiting queen seemed like a five minute introduction since I am also a former; Miss Cabarrus County’s Outstanding Teen 2011, Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen 2011, Miss Cabarrus County 2014, and Miss North Carolina 2016! I had a blast with all of the incredible people in Statesville who have basically adopted me as their own. Miss Statesville 2017 Grace Dirig and her parents, Amy and Christopher Dirig, opened their home to the Miss Statesville ED Ryan Pegarsch and I to have a healthy dinner together. Grace and I had such a great time emceeing the Outstanding Teen pageant together. Everything ran so smoothly, and I even had time to make it to the tail end of the Miss Queen City / Miss Metrolina pageant! I absolutely loved my year as Miss Queen City 2015 and I was thrilled to be back with my family that evening. Mr. Lane brought me onstage to talk to me for a bit and even let me call out a few of the awards with him. It was an honor to announce the new Miss Queen City! Another important highlight of the month was teaching my first Master Class with McKenzie of the year at Kerry’s Dance Beat in Eastover! It was a pleasant surprise to see our MNCOTeen’s Carolina Princess, Hayden Pearson, drive an hour to come take my class!! It made my day.
I’m thrilled to be involved with the Miss Charlotte-Mecklenburg County-Belmont pageant this weekend in Uptown Charlotte. Be sure to follow the remainder of my journey and the exciting things we have coming by liking my Facebook page – Miss North Carolina McKenzie Faggart – and following me on Instagram and Twitter – @missamericanc – to get more updates!
God Bless!

McKenzie Faggart,

Miss North Carolina 2016