THE SPECKTATOR

Who Will Be Ms. Senior Jacksonville 2013?

Contestants 60 and up prove age is just a number

Ms. Senior Jacksonville 2012 Patricia Richardson
Corinna Hoffman
NANCY BURNETT

Age: 65

Talent: monologue

Etc.: Her favorite movie is "Gone With the Wind."

Source: aseasonedaffair.com
MAZIE DUGAS

Age: 68

Talent: dance

Etc.: Her first car was a white Civic called "the Blue Goose."

Source: aseasonedaffair.com
INGRID FLUELLEN

Age: 67

Talent: monologue

Etc.: She got her first job in 1962—as a dishwasher.

Source: aseasonedaffair.com
DOROTHY GORDON

Age: 68

Talent: Michael Jackson dance

Etc.: She's known for her Tina Turner and Michael Jackson impersonations.

Source: aseasonedaffair.com
SUSY NAVARRO

Age: 74

Talent: salsa

Etc.: The most fun she ever had was participating in a group dance performance at Superbowl XXX in Jacksonville.

Source: aseasonedaffair.com
VELMA ROUNSVILLE

Age: 66

Talent: monologue

Etc.: Her childhood ambition was to own a card and gift shop.

Source: aseasonedaffair.com
ALMA SMITH

Age: 76

Talent: monologue

Etc.: The person she most wants to meet is Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon.

Source: aseasonedaffair.com
VALVETA TURNER

Age: 66

Talent: monologue

Etc.: Her "trademark" is color-coordinated hats.

Source: aseasonedaffair.com
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2 p.m., June 29

FSCJ Downtown Campus, main auditorium, 101 W. State St.

$15 in advance, $20 at the door

887-8156

Kerry Speckman shares her unique perspective and observations on people, places and events on the First Coast and beyond. She's also the 2012 winner of Jacksonville Dancing With the Stars, so she's got that going for her.

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It's tempting to say that Ms. Senior Jacksonville "ain't your grandmother's pageant," but actually, it is: as long as your grandmother is at least 60 years young.

Pageant director and founder Kenyonn Demps created the pageant in 2009 to enable senior women an opportunity to take center stage—literally. "The pageants allow these women to reinvent themselves, strut their stuff, feel more confident and show our community that seniors still have a whole lot of living to do," she says. 

Contestants compete in four categories including talent (which, for the record, will not involve crocheting afghans or washing anyone's mouth out with a bar of soap): In fact, one contestant will do a Michael Jackson-inspired dance number.

To truly put these ladies' participation in perspective, however, the "least young" competitor, who is 76, was born the same year the Spanish Civil War started and the Hindenberg crashed. FDR was president, a new car cost less than $700 and the average annual income was $1,700. 

And before you even ask, no, there's not a swimsuit category.

The pageant takes place June 29 at FSCJ Downtown Campus.Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. To purchase tickets, email kdemps@aseasonedaffair.com.

Check out the contestants in the photo gallery above.

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