By Baxter Colburn
A living legend is stepping down. After 21 years serving as the executive director of the Miss Door County Pageant, Shirley Ehlers is hanging up her crown and putting away her glitter. Since the inception of the pageant back in 1997, Ehlers has provided a steady and guiding force for her Miss and Teen title holders.
Now that Ehlers has stepped down, it will take two new ladies to fill her place. Samantha Baudhuin (Miss Door County 2005) and Ashley Cordier (Miss Door County 2007) step into the co-executive director roles with confidence and knowledge to continue growing the program. While the task is daunting, Baudhuin is confident the program will continue to be a success due to both ladies being previous title holders.
According to Cordier, the biggest challenge facing the new directors is likely something many never knew about.
The Miss Door County Pageant has raised over $100,000 in scholarship money for local contestants since their inception and continues to be ranked as one of the top programs in Wisconsin for financial awards to title holders. More information about how you can get involved with the Miss Door County pageant can be found at http://missdoorcounty.weebly.com.