Beauty queens with rings at the Mrs. Nevada Pageant
Wed, Mar 2, 2011 (4:15 p.m.)
Photo: Terry Wright
Of all the things to hate about the Miss America Pageant, the rule excluding mommies and married women from participating is at least in the Top 5. Physical beauty has nothing to do with whether or not you have ever given birth or put a ring on it. And outside of that, if you believe that judges actually care about what’s going on upstairs, one could argue having a spouse or a child actually makes you more thoughtful, compassionate and full of those quality traits for which they supposedly look.
Regardless, the antiquated rules are rules, so for married women looking to don evening wear and swimsuits in the same hour, there’s Mrs. America. The Nevada preliminary of this premiere pageant for married women was held Sunday at the Suncoast Showroom and brought together a group of women whose careers and hobbies ranged from “director of household operations” and mechanical contractor to classically trained pianist and obituary collector.
The night’s eventual winner was Mrs. Red Rock, Amanda Kouretas—a wife of 10 years, mother of three and homemaker involved in charity work. The waif-thin blonde (last year’s second runner-up) beat out 14 other women and vowed to continue her charity work throughout her year as Mrs. Nevada-America. Kouretas has big shoes to fill, as the state’s outgoing queen, Susie Monahan, made a record 91 appearances during her seven-month stint.
The pageant highlight, however, may have come in the interview session, when emcee Chet Buchanan asked one contestant what advice she would give to young women who were considering marriage.
Located on a 50-acre plot in northwest Las Vegas, Suncoast has something for the whole family — a hotel, a casino, a bowling center, restaurants and a movie theater.
The 64-lane bowling alley, arcade and movie theater cater to guests of all ages. The 500-seat showroom hosts a variety of headliners. Restaurants such as SC Prime Steakhouse and Bar, Cafe Siena and The Oyster Bar give guests a variety of options.
The casino measures in at 80,000 square feet with 2,400 video and slot machines, 37 table games, a 150-seat race and sports book and a 600-seat bingo hall.
Suncoast also includes full salon services at Pure Salon, a pool, fitness center and the resort is only steps away from the some of the best golfing in Las Vegas.