Published: September 18, 2008
Hockey player, fighter jet test pilot, volunteer, singer, community activist and Miss Virginia, Tara Wheeler, is anything BUT an ordinary beauty queen. That’s why she is so excited about her journey on Sunday to sunny Los Angeles, where she will live, laugh, and learn about the 51 other contestants who will be competing with her at the Miss America pageant in January- all in front of the camera.
The TLC network enjoyed tremendous success last year with their ratings on the “Miss America, Reality Check” series, where the audience watched as the contestants were tested in a variety of physical, academic, talent, and other challenges in an effort to display the true character of the ladies, as well as define who the best and the brightest of the group are. The show was so successful that TLC is doubling this year’s number of episodes, and adapting the ladies’ challenges to correlate more closely with their areas of competition.
24 year old Wheeler will be at the Salem Family Fall Festival this Saturday, September 20th, to entertain and mingle with the crowd. She will likely be hoping that she has packed her luggage well, since she leaves Roanoke early Sunday morning for five full weeks of living with, and competing with other ladies hoping to be the next Miss America. All of their activities will be filmed, creating the TLC series, which airs the weeks leading up to the Miss America Live! televised pageant on January 24, 2009.
The Miss America Organization is the world’s largest provider of scholarships for women. Contestants compete in closed interviews, talent, evening wear, onstage question, and swimsuit.
The Salem Family Fall Festival is Saturday, September 20, 2008 at the Salem Farmer’s Market from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and benefits the Miss Virginia Organization scholarship fund.
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