beauty and the boat | Sports Zone
While most don’t associate boats with beauty pageants, the two collide right here in the Tri-Cities. The Miss Tri-Cities scholarship program has been part of the Water Follies for decades. The Water Follies organization even donates $ 10,000 to the scholarship program. The tie is getting closer this year with Strong Racing’s “Miss Tri-Cities” joining the H1 Unlimited national circuit.
Darrell Strong has been involved in the sport of boat racing for a long time. He never thought it would lead him to sign a deal with Miss America.
“I could never imagine a scenario where this would happen,” said Darrell Strong, owner of Strong Racing, native of Tri-Cities.
Strong Racing bought two boats in early 2021. At the time, he didn’t realize how impacting the sole Tri-Cities-based owner was on the boating community. He decided to name one of his boats Miss Tri-Cities and give back to the scholarship program.
âWe really wanted this to be a community boat,â said Strong.
Soon after, he learned that he was more involved in the use of the name.
âWe had to go to Miss America and get that permission to do it,â said Dot Stewart, executive director of the Miss Tri-Cities scholarship program, âbecause we have a franchise with the state and the organization. Miss America. “
While the two don’t seem to go together here at Hydro-Town, it’s fitting that the scholarship program and the boat races go hand in hand.
âThat’s all community is,â new Miss Tri-Cities Noel Anderson said. “I think it’s cool that the Water Madmen Association and the Miss Tri-Cities Scholarship Program, because we both work really well together.”
âWe help each other promote each other’s event,â said Strong, âand I want people to know that the Water Follies event isn’t just about running.â
The Water Follies will begin this Friday when Noel will sing the national anthem. SWX will host a Friday kick-off at 5:00 a.m. and race coverage Sunday from 10:00 a.m. on SWX.