By Brenda Tollett

Associate Editor

Tickets for the  2011 Miss Ada and Ada’s Outstanding Teen Pageant will go on sale Tuesday, Dec. 28.

Reserved seating tickets are $10 and sold only at Artisan Salon, 14th and Mississippi.

General admission tickets are $8 will be at the following locations: Bella E Salon, 1198 North Hills Centre, JaCheJe's, 115 W. Main, and The Mix, 120 E. Main.

East Central University students, with current ECU identification, may purchase general admission tickets at the door for $5. This offer is good only on the night of the pageant.

The pageant takes place Jan. 8 at the Hallie Brown Ford  Fine Arts Center on the East Central University campus.

Miss Ada Pageant’s history began in the 1920s, however records do not reveal how long the pageant continued or who the winners were, according to Becky McKenzie. Derrelyn Metz was Miss Ada in 1952, Wendy Lillard in 1959 and after the crowning of Rita Harp Cloar in 1965 records are more complete for winners of the pageant.

McKenzie began helping Jim and Judy Tipton, directors of the pageant from 1970-1985, while a student in high school and continued while in college.

“Jim and Judy could do it all,” she said. “They were multi-talented.”

Judy Tipton was a drama teacher at Byng and Jim Tipton was an art teacher at Ada Junior High School. They both had theater backgrounds and could work lighting and sound for the pageant. Tipton Printing, owned by Jim’s family, printed the pageant programs for many years, McKenzie said.

When the Tiptons retired as directors of the pageant and moved to Florida, the Miss Ada pageant died. While many of the Tiptons’ supporters in the past pageants were disappointed to see an end to the pageant, McKenzie said no one person felt up to the challenge of running the pageant.

However, Linda Cowart, pageant co-chairman, said six or seven years ago Jack Cooper, regional director for Oklahoma pageants and former Hayes School principal, asked several women in Ada to revive the Miss Ada pageant. Taylor Treat, Miss Oklahoma 2009, was the first Miss Ada since 1985. Stacy DePrater, Miss Ada 1985, gave up her crown after 21 years.

In addition to representing Ada at the Miss Oklahoma pageant, winners of the Miss Ada pageant win scholarship money as well as other prizes.

In addition to the Cowarts, other Miss Ada and Ada’s Outstanding Teen board members include Evelyn Martin, Rita Cloar, Paula Kedy, Stacey Golightly, Cortney Matlock, Shawn Howard, Lynn Pyrum, Debbie Treat and Janet Wilburn.


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