The Miss California pageant is happening all week long right here in Fresno. 52 women are competing for the crown, seven are valley grown.
One of those lovely ladies, Miss Tulare County Tara Broderick, was interviewed on Sunrise:
Tara: Today when I get back we have talent rehearsals and then we'll be running through the whole show until curtain call.
Carina: Tonight you are participating in the talent competition?
Tara: Yes, I am
Carina: What's your talent?
Tara: I'm actually dancing ballet to la esmeralda ..So it's a little gypsy routine
Carina: Feeling good, feeling comfortable?
Tara: I am, it's a blast. All the girls are so nice and the E.D.'s back stage are nice so it's a really comfortable environment for all of us.
Carina: How is it back stage? We see what goes on on stage with the competitions, but what is it like back stage?
Tara: Honestly, you just see girls running back and forth. It looks like L.A. traffic back there. It's crazy. Girls changing into outfits, girls strutting in their bathing suits and it smells like spray tan back there. But it's all in good fun.
Carina: Tonight is the talent competition, how is it also..moving forward, are you feeling jittery, a little nervous?
Tara: Honestly, I'm so at peace with myself. It is in God's hands now. I've worked my hardest to get here and now it's just fun, it's getting out there and doing what I do best.
Carina: So your platform ... It's a very important platform that you have.
tara: Yes, I'm actually, my platform is anti-bullying and I just finished writing a children's book about it. We're trying to get it published and I figured we would start out in elementary schools and nip bullying the in bud.
Carina: Good for you what an important message. So next, if you win Miss California is , which good luck, what's next?
Tara: I go on to Miss America. How exciting.
Carina: Especially coming from the valley.
Tara: That wold be a huge honor coming from small town Visalia.
Carina: Best of luck to you.
Tara: Thank you so much.
Carina: The next Miss California will be crowned Saturday at the William Saroyan Theater. The pageant starts at 7:00pm. Tickets starts at $55. Miss California will then move on with the hopes of becoming Miss America.
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