COLUMBIA — Children across the country dress up like Disney princesses every day. But how many of them get to pretend they're princesses while having tea with a Miss America contestant?
Almost 25 children attended TRYPS Children's Theater Sunday at the Columbia Mall for a tea party with 2013 Miss Missouri Shelby Ringdahl.
"It's a lot of fun being here," said Ringdahl, who attended TRYPS as a child. "This place was my second family growing up."
After the children had their tea, Ringdahl danced with the children, sang to them and signed autographs.
Madelynn Harvey, 15, a TRYPS student who dressed up as Cinderella, enjoyed the event and getting to meet Ringdahl.
"Every time I see Miss Missouri, her hair looks picture-perfect," Harvey said.
Ringdahl, a Columbia native, won the title of Miss Missouri in June and finished in the top 12 of the Miss America pageant in September. She said she hopes to use her year as Miss Missouri as an advocate for abused children.
The tickets to the tea party will help pay for future scholarships at TRYPS.
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