This weekend was my last pageant as a B.C. Ambassador: in seven days I will be passing on my crown and banner to another deserving individual.

On Friday, I travelled to Penticton with the newly crowned White Rock youth ambassadors and Miss White Rock 2010/2011, my sister, @ChloeWoodin.

My mom chaperoned us, and we met up with my other two ambassadors in the city of peaches and beaches.

The gala was lovely, and the 14 Miss Penticton candidates all did a great job. As usual, the visiting royalty had the opportunity to bring their greetings on stage.

Saturday morning we rode in the Peachfest parade, and spent the afternoon mini-golfing and go-karting before attending the royalty ball that evening.

This weekend was special not only because my sister and I both got to go to a pageant together as sparkleheads, but also because the Penticton pageant was my first out-of-town experience as Miss White Rock 2008, and my last as a B.C. Ambassador.

It has been a full two years, coming full circle. And although I will miss being an ambassador, I am looking forward to temporarily retiring from the public eye.

Final stop, Merritt on Wednesday, the beginning of the end.

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Happy belated Canada Day!

Yesterday was a whirlwind of parades and cities.

The morning started off with the Osoyoos Cherry Fiesta/Canada Day parade, and even though it kept trying to rain, there was a good turnout. I rode on the back of a blue sporty convertible Miata.

Next was a quick luncheon, some public speaking from the band shell by the beach and many photo ops.

After that we travelled to Oliver to get ready, and headed to Peachland for their Canada Day parade.

Unfortunately, it rained most of the route.

We, the three lovely Oliver ambassadors and I, rode inside our black pickup truck so our hair wouldn’t frizz. But eventually the sun peaked out, so we hopped out of the truck mid-route and popped into the back.

Dinner in Penticton followed, then back to Oliver to change, and then back to Osoyoos for the fireworks. (The town went all out: the fireworks were spectacular.)

I had planned on blogging about yesterday’s events yesterday, but exhaustion won out over timeliness.

On today’s agenda: the Princeton parade and pageant, and a midnight drive to Williams Lake.

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