On February 12, 1949, The Queen of Hearts beauty contest took place at Sunken Gardens in Saint Petersburg, Florida. While there is not a lot of information about this particular beauty contest, there is actually a Queen of Hearts Ball that still takes place in Saint Petersburg. However the ball, which benefits charities, started in 1959 – ten years after this particular pageant. Who knows, perhaps the creator of the late-40s contest was a fan of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland?!
Odd Contests: Miss Queen of Hearts
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