“Everything leads to the Mrs. America pageant,” said Mrs. Lane County Brenda Ivey, who represents the local area.
Now that she won Lane County in July, Ivey will go on to compete for Mrs. Oregon, and, hopefully, the Mrs. America and even the Mrs. World pageants. For more than 40 years, Mrs. America has been the premiere pageant for married women.
Ivey wanted to do pageants when she was younger, but she also wanted to get married and have kids.
“I turned 40 this year and thought, ‘Why not do this now?’” Ivey said.
Rods ’n’ Rhodies will be her first official event.
“I’m really excited to represent Lane County, and I’m glad that Florence is part of my region. The Oregon coast is beautiful, and my favorite place to go when I'm overwhelmed. I go and sit by the water and am reminded that the world is still an all right place,” she said.