Local teen heads to pageant

Dakota Turnbull will be competing in the Miss BC Pageant at the end of the month in Richmond.

Dakota Turnbull

Dakota Turnbull

Rock Creek teenager Dakota Turnbull is heading to the Miss BC Pageant at the end of this month.

She told the Times in a phone interview that she had contacted pageant organizers last year after a friend had suggested it. While she was too late to participate then, pageant representatives recently contacted her to see if she’d like to get on board this year.

An application led to a phone interview. “They ask you questions to find out who you are and what your beliefs are and then they choose 300 people to go and compete for Miss BC,” Turnbull explained.

“If I win the regional title I will represent the Rock Creek/Kootenay Area. If I win Miss BC then I will represent all of British Columbia,” she said. Contestants compete for both titles at the same time.

The pageant takes place from Feb. 28 to March 1.

Turnbull acknowledges her major sponsor, Bubbles and Bells Gown Boutique in Kelowna. But going to the Lower Mainland for a weekend, registration and the outfit is all a bit much to handle. So she is seeking support from businesses and individuals in the West Boundary.

Turnbull is a Grade 11 student at BCSS, member of 4-H and the youth archery club. She also belongs to a Kelowna cheer team that takes part in major competitions.

“My philosophy of life is that anything can happen,” Turnbull said. “Like just go with it. I am really amazed at the opportunities that I have been given and I think that those opportunities are out there for everyone if you look for them.”