Dena Cass, the All-American Goddess at Large. Photo Credit: Kristofer Reynolds Photography, Orlando, Fla.

Well, chirrens, you know the drill…we meet again to discuss pageants and the goddesses who do them. And, speaking of goddesses, our photo this time is of a dear friend of mine, Miss Dena Cass of Orlando by way of the great state of Iowa (where gay marriages are legal, mind you). She’s the reigning All-American Goddess At Large who’ll appear in Charlotte at the Scorpio the weekend of the NC prelims, Dec. 11-12. Dena will actually spend her birthday in the Queen City,- and I can’t wait! Hell, Miss Della has taken three days off for this! There’ll be hot out-of-state boys, many multi-decorated queens and the national promoter, Scott. Mike Rhinehart, the state promoter, is tickled pink at all the names and rumors of names who may be coming to compete in the double-header pageant. Oh, I’m just in heaven thinking about it — and it’s only a week before my birthday on the 18th. Come on out and see a diva or five. I’ll give my babies R.J. and Troy a big holla in advance of their arrival! Hands off, bitches! Recent prelim winners include Tommie Ross, who won Miss IL, and Mercedes, who won IL At-Large, and Brittany Moore, who won Miss Music City over in Nashville.

I had a chance to see a great show at Scorpio some weeks ago. It was right after Miss Gay America and Miss U.S.ofA. At Large. And, who was in the show, but the winner of Miss America, Raleigh’s Kirby Kolby, and the 1st alternate to Miss At-Large, Columbia’s Dorae Saunders. They were joined by Carmen Carrera of this past season’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Kirby is off to her “training” retreat with the owners of MGA in Memphis soon. Here is the link of the mention she recently got in The Washington Post, home of her Miss DC prelim:

A million apologies are going out for an oversight I made in the last Rag. I didn’t even mention the two-year anniversary show for Buff Faye’s Drag Brunch, this time at Loft 1523. Joining Buff in the show were ladies from the present and past, like Miley Virus, Miss NC America Jessica Raynes Starr, Kiana Lane, Miss Rachel, Sierra Santana and special guest Bebe Zahara Benet, the season one winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Lovely queen and great show.

I just received news that Victoria Renee Parker of Fayetteville recently won the 19th Miss Tri-State All-Star pageant up in Pittsburgh. Her runners-up were Delores Van Cartier and Kristina Kelly. There were 11 contestants, so hats off to Da Pig! She certainly joins a great family of formers, for sure, including Terry Vanessa Coleman, Shae Shae LaReese, Alana Steele, Jennifer Warner and Necole Luv Dupree.

Just as we go to press, Bella Jade has been crowned Miss Charlotte Newcomer at Scorpio and her runners-up were Gabrielle Cooper and Vivian Monroe.

Next time, we’ll talk about the upcoming Miss CO2 pageant and Miss Southern Elegance taking place at the Rainbow In. Don’t forget Nina Flowers also comes to the Rainbow In in January! And, there are more big-name divas coming to Scorpio as well. We’ll also talk about some new shows around town, too. : :

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