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Mrs. Basalt has eyes on Mrs. Colorado crown

BASALT – “Mrs. Basalt” has been crowned and now she’s gunning for the title of “Mrs. Colorado.”

Kerry Keith, a 40-year-old mother of three, was selected recently by the Mrs. Colorado Pageant organizers to represent Basalt.

“Since I was a little girl, it’s always something I wanted to do,” Keith said about entering pageants.

Marriage and kids came before she got the chance; then she heard about the Mrs. Colorado competition and figured there is no time like the present to compete. The winner of Mrs. Colorado receives a prize package valued at more than $15,000 and entry into the Mrs. America competition.

Contestants are judged as much on their skills as moms and wives as their looks in swimming suits and evening gowns. Keith is a real estate agent who has lived in Basalt with her husband Ted for 10 years. Their children are ages 7, 5 and 2. She said she stays busy looking after them, showing property, paying the bills and feeding the dog.

“I’m really like a regular person,” she said.

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Her first round of competition wasn’t all that nerve-racking. She filled out an application and earned approval recently from a selection committee. Emily Stark, Colorado director for the Mrs. America Pageant system and Mrs. Colorado in 2002, said there is no pageant-style competition to determine representatives of cities and towns.

“Married women are so busy that sometimes balancing a family, husband, and often a career is enough so we do the local titles – such as Mrs. Basalt – based on a committee selection application process,” Stark said. “The application asks about community involvement, education, background and talents, to name a few areas.”

Applicants must be 18 years old but there is no upper age limit. They must be legally married at the time of competition, and they must have Colorado and U.S. citizenship. No performing talent is required.

Stark said the Mrs. Colorado Pageant is looking for a “Mrs. Aspen” to represent the town in the statewide competition. Applicants must live or work in the Aspen area. Interested applicants can find out more at http://www.mrscolorado.com, or they can call Stark at the Mrs. Colorado office at 303-593-1199. Applications should be submitted by Jan. 15.

The Mrs. Colorado Pageant will be held May 15 at the Ellie Caolkins Opera House in Denver. It’s unknown how many contestants there will be since the application process is still open. Keith looks forward to a strong showing. “I think it would be great to bring a little more recognition to Basalt and all that it offers,” she said.

scondon@aspentimes.com

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