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The Queens of Hampton Beach, New Hampshire : The History of the Carnival Queens and Miss Hampton Beach Beauty Pageant, 1915-2015
by Cheryl Lassiter and Karen Raynes


Overview - Like fried dough, henna tattoos, and the arcade, choosing a queen to represent Hampton Beach has always been an important part of the summer rituals at this popular seaside resort. What started out in 1915 as a way to sell raffle tickets with the Carnival Queen contest, open to all women, had by the late 1940s evolved into the Miss Hampton Beach beauty pageant, for which only young, single women were eligible.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Like fried dough, henna tattoos, and the arcade, choosing a queen to represent Hampton Beach has always been an important part of the summer rituals at this popular seaside resort. What started out in 1915 as a way to sell raffle tickets with the Carnival Queen contest, open to all women, had by the late 1940s evolved into the Miss Hampton Beach beauty pageant, for which only young, single women were eligible. In 1959 the pageant moved indoors to the glitzy Casino Ballroom, and for the next three glamour-filled decades groomed New England girls for national pageants like Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss America. Tastes changed and interest waned over the years, and in 1996 the pageant was canceled-only to return to its roots the following year as a free community event, held on a Sunday afternoon, outdoors at the epicenter of the beach, the Seashell Stage. The tradition continues today, with beach queens chosen not only for their beauty and poise, but for their willingness to participate in community activities and to promote Hampton Beach as a family-friendly vacation destination throughout their reigning year. Painstakingly researched and written by local historians Cheryl Lassiter and Karen Raynes, The Queens of Hampton Beach is a fascinating, year-by-year, winner-by-winner portrait of these iconic summertime contests. Praise for The Queens of Hampton Beach: "A fitting tribute to all those involved in one of the Seacoast's longest running and most cherished traditions. Let's have a warm round of applause for The Queens - the very jewels that adorn the crown - of Hampton Beach."-Don McNeill of The Continentals. "A must-have for anyone who loves Hampton Beach Packed with great photos and interesting stories, not just about the evolution of our local beauty queens, but about the development of the beach itself."-Betty Moore, Tuck Museum Executive Director. "This book, a true treasure, not only chronicles the rich history of Hampton Beach but of the pageant that has touched so many and set the stage for success in many endeavors of my life. I remain forever grateful."-Sheila T. Scott, Miss Hampton Beach 1964.


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  • ISBN-13: 9781539841180
  • ISBN-10: 1539841189
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publish Date: January 2017
  • Page Count: 228
  • Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.48 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.89 pounds


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