Miss S.C. Sweet Potato Festival Ellen Neely and Miss S.C. Sweet Potato Festival Teen Delaney Cranshaw have been hard at work promoting the festival and their titles since being crowned on Oct 5. Just three days after being crowned, Cranshaw traveled to Myrtle Beach and appeared on WPDE News Channel 15’s Carolina and Company with Amanda Kinseth and Darlington’s very own Cecil Chandler. Neely and Cranshaw attended the 31st Annual S.C. Sweet Potato Festival on Oct 12 and entertained the crowd with their winning talents from the pageant. Both girls also reigned over the festival and helped out with various activities during the day. Also in October Cranshaw attended the Fur Ball at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center which benefits Pawmetto Lifeline, an organization that helps solve pet overpopulation in the Midlands. In the month of November, both were presented with their official Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen crowns by pageant directors Will Isgett and Lynette Maloch making them official representatives for the festival at the 2014 Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen pageants.
The pageant will be held from June 20-28, 2014 in Columbia at the Township Auditorium. This was made possible by the Darlington Pilot Club, crown and sash sponsors the Jewelers Bench of Darlington and KFA Dance Studio of Florence. On Nov. 10, Cranshaw was an entertainer at the Mrs. South Carolina Pageant held in Columbia and met Mrs. America Austen Williams. On Nov. 22, both girls were guest readers at Pate Elementary School in Darlington as part of American Education Week. Cranshaw presented books to the school and principal Mrs. Emily Lunn as part of her platform 3D Volunteers which focuses on teaching people how to: “Dedicate” themselves to a volunteer activity they believe in, “Donating” their time and talents to that activity or organization and “Directing” others to do the same. Cranshaw also attended the Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen USA pageants in Charleston as a guest queen on Nov. 22 and 23. In December both queens rode in numerous Christmas parades including Hartsville, Darlington and Lexington. On Dec. 14, Neely held the Miss Merry Christmas Pageant, a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network in Lexington. As a Miss South Carolina pageant contestant Neely is required to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. As the New Year comes upon us look for both queens at various events throughout the Darlington area and the state of South Carolina. Both queens say the experience of representing the S.C. Sweet Potato Festival is something they will never forget. “This title is very prestigious and I am looking forward to representing the festival and the city of Darlington at the 2014 Miss South Carolina Pageant,” Neely said. Cranshaw agreed. “I am proud to represent the festival at the 2014 Miss South Carolina Teen pageant and go out and spread the message about my platform,” Cranshaw said. To keep up with both queens visit their facebook page www.facebook.com/ misssouthcarolinasweetpotatofestivalfestivalpageant. You can also visit Cranshaw’s webpage at www.3dvolunteer.com