Chittenango, New York. It's about two hours from Albany and is the birthplace of author L. Frank Baum...remember him? (He wrote The Wizard of Oz in case you forgot)
It's also the home town of Heather's cousin Kari's husband Mikey! Small world right? Kari and Mikey met while she was a flight attendant and he was a pilot for Continental Express. They actually lived in North Syracuse for a little while before moving to sunny Florida...and after spending our first winter up here, we can't imagine why??
The pageant was actually held at Mikey's high school, so we had a great time looking for his senior picture composite...but no such luck. The high school was really nice and seemed pretty new from the part we saw.
We made up a five person judging team that graded girls ages three to 16 in casual wear, formal wear, photography and interview. Brett swears he always enjoys being the token male judge!
This pageant had a couple of different awards that we've never seen before; besides beauty, contestants also competed for the the Scarecrow Award for Academic Excellence, the Dorthy Award for Community Spirit, the Tin Man Award for Kindness and the Cowardly Lion Award for Bravery. Fortunately, the contestants were all students from the Chittenango School District and their teachers voted on that! There were also some beautiful crowns that the kids on Toddlers & Tiaras would be jealous of!
After the pageant wrapped up, we headed off to see the sights of central New York. We were told that we couldn't miss seeing Chittenango Falls, which turned out to be pretty cool! The falls are 167 feet tall and feature cascades of water.
Of course, it wouldn't be a hike without Heather wearing completely inappropriate footwear! But the trip down to the bottom of the falls wearing platform wedge sandals was totally worth it. (Have faith y'all! After all, Heather did climb Coba on her honeymoon in flip flops.)
After we worked up a sweat, it was time for lunch! Just a few miles from Syracuse, we had to stop at the Dinosaur BBQ. Being far from home, it's hard to get good BBQ up here in the North, but thankfully the Dinosaur delivers. We're lucky to have a Dinosaur close to us in Troy, but we had to try the original!
|Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Syracuse, NY|
|We definitely recommend "The Big Ass Pork Plate"|
It ain't a good day unless you have to use a little Spray 'n Wash to get the memories out!