Potato Harvest

Potatoes. God bless ‘em. I cannot actually remember a time in my life where I did not know what a potato was. Can you? I love potatoes. I was joking with some gals this week that I do not discriminate – spuds, red potatoes, purple potatoes, sweet potatoes, fried, mashed, au gratin…I like them all!

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            As we think of the things that make Idaho great, potatoes can easily top the list. With the perfect soil and climate (and so many other science pieces I’ve recently learned), Idaho is the ideal place to grow potatoes. I had never heard of potato harvest until a fellow titleholder at Miss Idaho this past year told me about it. As I began to represent this great state I realized I absolutely had to be a part of it all this year!

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            On Monday, October 9th I got to visit Reynolds farm in Ashton, Idaho. Melanie and Brett Reynolds were so gracious to let me (a perfect stranger who they just knew was Miss Idaho!) come hangout and witness a day of their two week harvest. When I got there the first thing they took me to was to see the cellars. These are big buildings built partially underground to keep the potatoes fresh and safe until they are sent out. The Reynolds plant seed potatoes or “first generation” potatoes. These are sold to other farmers to be replanted during the next season! The cellars regulate the temperature, humidity and other environmental factors. When they are full they are the size of a football field and filled 18 feet deep – that is a lot of potatoes. I’ve attached a picture below of me standing on the top of one of full cellar piles. It was amazing!

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    After seeing a full cellar, I got to go be a part of loading another one. Big machinery with large belts are used to transport the potatoes from the truck, sort the dirt off of them and then pile them into the cellar. One job I got to be a part of was grabbing out any extra clumps of dirt and “non-potato items” as they passed by before storage. Everyone there working was warm and welcoming – like a big family. Many of the workers come back to help every year and include some local Ashton youth! Even the older two Reynolds kids, Brooke and Tucker, were out helping. I loved that! It made things fun and eventful. Never a dull moment!

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    Next I hopped in the big potato truck and headed to the field with Melanie. The Reynolds grow over 1,300 acres of potatoes, and we were finishing the last 150 acres while I was there. When we arrived at the field Melanie aligned her truck bed with the tractor. The tractor pulled a combine that would scoop 12 rows of potatoes up at once and dump them into the truck. The process is so fast! I rode on the back of the tractor at one point to watch the whole thing. Could you imagine the days before any farm equipment?

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    There were so many pieces to the process. As someone who had never seen it before, I was truly mind blown. Like many experiences as Miss Idaho, it made me love and appreciate this great state even more. The day was filled with wonderful people working hard doing what they love with the people the love. That sure does sound like the dream to me. Thank you to all of our Idaho potato farmers! I am so grateful for the work you do to help Idaho shine. I can’t wait for potato harvest next year!

What I Am Most Excited For Miss Idaho Week

What I Am Most Excited For Miss Idaho Week

 

Life is short; time is fast, no real life replay or rewind. This is your moment, this is your life.

 

In this very moment I was crowned Miss Ada County 2017 and my journey to Miss Idaho 2017 began. It began the opportunity to change lives, it began the opportunity to grow, it began the opportunity to show others the joy of the Miss America Organization! This moment is one that 21 other local Idahoan women had and cherish each day and one lucky women will be able to have this moment as the new Miss Idaho 2017 at the end of this week.

 

This being not my first go around for the title of Miss Idaho, my favorite thing besides the fun limo rides we get to have during the week, if being able to connect with all the women around me! I have met some of my best friends through this organization and I cannot express enough how amazing EACH AND EVERY SINGLE WOMEN that is going to hit that stage on Friday and Saturday is. These women are strong, passionate, charismatic, thoughtful, genuine individuals who are making a difference in the community! We have fun backstage and create memories that I know I will be sharing with my kids, and their kids someday!

 

 

I want all the contestants competing this weekend to keep in mind this…

 

It's not the title, nor the crown that counts.

It's not the weight that's lost that really amounts.

It's not the makeup design, or the gown that you wear,

Or the shape of your build or the length of your hair.

You see, the growth of a Queen is all done inside,

It's nothing support hose or makeup can hide.

The real preparation is done in the mind,

It's leaving your fears and your faults all behind.

It's lifting your soul to a place that's far seen,

It's molding a woman to the height of a Queen.

It's hard and it's work, it's not easily done,

But when it is over, you'll know who has won.

When the pageant is through and the lights are turned down,

You will know you're a winner and you will have your crown.

You see, all crowns are made different, it's really an art,

Yours can be rhinestones or the growth of the heart.

 

 

I am most excited for this week because not only do I get to have the opportunity to be chosen for my dream job, but also they fact that I get to do it beside such a wonderful group! Cherish the moments you have because in a blink of an eye it can go by so fast. I am so grateful to be able to represent Ada County at Miss Idaho and hope that you can join me on June 9-10th at Kuna High school for the Miss Idaho pageant!

-Katarina Schweitzer Miss Ada County 2017

-Katarina Schweitzer

Miss Ada County 2017

Lifestyle and Fitness While Being Body Positive

Lifestyle and Fitness While Being Body Positive

Hello my friends, Miss Middleton here! My platform is entitled “Every Body is Beautiful” and it’s about being body positive, changing media attitudes towards fat acceptance, and combatting eating disorders. I struggled with body image and anorexia for the majority of my teen years but because I became body positive and realized my worth wasn’t equated to a number on a scale or the size of my waist, I was able to let go of my issues. This was a major process for me, one that I am still undergoing. Getting healthy was all in my mind and my mind still fights me every day to go back to my bad habits.

This brings up the question of how I’m getting ready for the swimsuit portion of Miss Idaho?

My preparation is to live my life! It’s called “Lifestyle and Fitness” for a reason! I can’t let my past obsessions with chasing a thin ideal overcome my life and preparation in other parts of the competition. I eat healthfully and enjoy all types of food (even dessert and pizza) and I work out doing things I love (my pup and I love going on walk/jogs, and I enjoy swimming at the pool I lifeguard at).

When I walk that stage, I will be the biggest I’ve ever been. But I’ll also be the healthiest I’ve ever been.

Last year at Miss Idaho, I was chasing my Thin Ideal. I worked out religiously and I cut out all “bad” foods. I didn’t have a good time last year because I resented myself for thinking I didn’t look as good as the other girls. I hated them and I hated myself. Swimsuit was terrifying and I was not the nicest person to be around. Even though I felt and acted the way I did, I was still accepted into the sisterhood, which is why I am back this year (but with a new perspective!).

I am so excited for Miss Idaho this year! Because I value myself more, I can value others more! Every single girl is gonna rock swimsuit!

“You can't rely on how you look to sustain you, what sustains us, what is fundamentally beautiful is compassion; for yourself and for those around you.”~ Lupita Nyong'o

Getting ready for Miss Idaho I am tempted to focus solely on how I look for the competition-wardrobe, makeup, fitness, the list goes on and on. But this quote reminds me of where my priorities are: being compassionate for others and developing my platform so that I can be an inspiration for young girls who are like how I was-hating my body and only accepting my worth if I was a certain size. Looks fade and go away but a compassionate heart stays beautiful forever

 

Points of the Crown- Style

I absolutely love fashion; we are able to convey to people what we like without even saying a word. Contestants develop a personal style that shows their personality.  One of the points of the Miss America crown is Style! In each phase of competition contestants have the chance to share their style to the judges with what evening gown, talent costume, swimsuit and interview outfit they pick. Your style should be based solely on what you like, what looks good on you, and what you can afford. Ask yourself what you would like people to remember about you and your clothing. Figure out which elements you’d like to add to your wardrobe and search out these pieces. Once you narrow down what items look good on you—and which make you feel good—you’ll be in style every day.

Summer styles are now in bloom! Have fun plans for summer break? What are you planning on wearing?

Here are some fun outfit ideas for you and your friends to rock in the summer heat!

 

 

  1. Bright colored dresses

This coral color is great for any summer occasion, whether it is concerts, brunch with the girls, or date night!

2. Fun shorts

These cool tye-dye shorts will leave you feeling comfy, and looking cool!

3. Fun Maxi skirt

Dressy enough for a night out with the girls, but to casual enough to run a few errands and how cute is that tank? Pair any t-shirt with a fun, bright maxi skirt, it's too perfect. Then add a jean jacket for those cooler days.

 

4. Stripes

Anything with a striped pattern will be turning heads towards you when you walk on by!

5. Wedges

Wedges are your friend when you want to wear a heel but don’t want to be to fancy or aerate the lawn during outdoor events! I'm almost positive you could live off of just this color alone. (I wore mine for Graduation)

6. A dress with a back

You look good from the front but when you walk away leave them with a little surprise!

7. Headbands

These fun headbands that are especially perfect for the beach, and music festivals, as the weather gets warmer.  Also For every headband sold, a headband is given to a child with cancer.

8.  Light Jacket

Because it's not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket for those cold nights by the bonfire or out on the lake. A great lightweight jacket will keep you warm and looking lovely!  Here are two styles I love…

9.  Floral everything

Keep it fresh and clean with the season by adding a pop of color through floral. It can be through pants, dresses, kimonos, or shirts! 

LASTLY…

10. Nice pair of pants

White, Black or Blue you choose! Always nice to have a pair to coordinate with your outfit and activities!

 

These pieces will brighten up any wardrobe for spring or summer! All of these items are available in store or online at Miss Idaho’s State sponsor store Ava Rae Boutique! www.avaraeboutique.com

Miss Ada County 2017

Katarina Schweitzer