One of my favorite stories from Hoopeston is the National Sweetheart Pageant.

No, really.

All of the runners up in the state Miss America pageants are invited for a pageant in the small town during its annual sweet corn/Labor Day festival. The judges are from the Miss America circuit, so this gives the runners up another opportunity for feedback and a glimpse of the competition they could face if they make it to the national pageant the following year.

So, as long as I was in town Sunday and they were having an autograph session, I asked them to sign well-wishes in honor of my 3-Day team, Ms. America Tatas. Here are some of them:

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