High fashion hit Hot Springs Saturday evening with the CSR Designs Jewelry, Gem and Fossil Fashion Show. The CSR partnered with the Miss South Dakota Scholarship Program to produce the one-of-a-kind event.
The Mueller Center was transformed for the night. A stage and runway were built, complete with a large spotlight. High energy music played as models strutted with purses and jewelry. A large showcase of jewelry and fossils was set up. A coffee kiosk was provided by Mornin' Sunshine Cafe and a cocktail bar was brought in by the Vault.
In total, there were 17 models preforming five outfit changes.
All ticket proceeds went to the scholarship program, and all models were pageant participants. Miss South Dakota, Miranda Mack, and Miss South Dakota's Outstanding Teen, Elizabeth Nesland, were features of the night.
Mack and Nesland also showcased their competitionwear for the Miss America Competion, treated the crowd to their tallents (opera singing and playing the violin respectively) and explained their platforms.
Mack was excited to attend the event, "I love participating in events like this, they bring together our pageant family and promote the program."
The Miss South Dakota Scholarship Program is part of the Miss America Foundation, the nations largest woments scholorship organizaion. Last year alone, Miss South Dakota was able to give away more than $35,000 in scholarships for young women going into a variety of fields. Scholarships were given for STEM fields, business, medicine, athletics, military awareness and many more.
CSR Jewelry creates handcrafted jewelry out of silver, gemestones and fossils. They will be opeing store in Custer, SD in May, and hosted the event. Their unique background served as the conduit, conecting the fashion world of Miss South Dakota to the rich, prehistoric history of the Hot Springs area.
Keeping with the event's unique, quirky atmosphere, world-renowned paleontologist and Edgemont resident Frank Garcia was also a featured speaker. Garcia has a long paleontological resume including unearthing one of the world's richest fossil sites near Tampa Bay, Florida. That discovery held more than 200,000 unique specimens. Garcia has also personally identified more than 30 species previously unknown to science.
While Garcia spoke to the crowd, two inflatable dinosaurs joined him on stage. As Garcia concluded his talk, a life-like raptor stalked the runway, roaring while it sized up event-goers.