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Lake Texoma beauty pageant makes a comeback

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Pam Daniel has been Miss Lake Texoma since 1966. (KTEN) Pam Daniel has been Miss Lake Texoma since 1966. (KTEN)

POTTSBORO, Texas -- A local beauty pageant is making a comeback after five-decade hiatus.

Pam Daniel has held the title of of Miss Lake Texoma since 1966 -- a year when the president was named Lyndon Johnson and gasoline cost 32 cents a gallon  

Daniel says the crown jewel of this region needs a crown once again.

"I'm proud to be a representative of the lake; I'm so proud of the lake... I'm very passionate about Lake Texoma," she said.

The Miss Lake Texoma Pageant ceased to exist after Daniel's reign, but thanks to a happenstance conversation with a local businessman, the ball is rolling once again.

"He said, in fact, 'I told my wife all about you, and she thinks we ought to have another contest,' and I said, 'We absolutely think we should," Daniel said.

The Lake Texoma Organization will stage the 2018 Miss Lake Texoma Pageant at Tanglewood Resort on August 1-2.  Unmarried women aged 21 to 30 who live in the Texoma region are welcome to compete.

"It's not your typical pageant, because we are looking for someone to carry themselves well, represent us well, and just be a great ambassador for Lake Texoma," said Brandi Burkhalter of the Lake Texoma Association.

Now 72 years old, Pam Daniel says she still treasures her Miss Lake Texoma crown.

"It just symbolizes a time in my life when I was very young and happy and carefree, but what it really symbolizes now is that I'm still the same person," she said. 

Daniel plans to attend the pageant on August 2 to crown her successor.

"I've kidded around how it's going to be hard to let that sash go," she said. "They shouldn't have waited 52 years to have another contest; I'm just glad I'm still around."

The deadline for contestants to sign up is next week.

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