As Fourth of July Association organizers gear up for the 56th annual Miss Wantagh Pageant, an effort is underway to determine the lone missing winner from the more than half-century tradition.
A list of all ladies crowned Miss Wantagh is included on the pageant’s website, but next is 1961 is a blank space with a question mark. Miss Wantagh organizers are distributing a photo of the 1961 Miss Wantagh winner (pictured above) in hopes someone will be able to identity who she is so records of the annual early summer community tradition can be complete
"As we prepare for the 2012 crowning of Miss Wantagh, it would be an absolute delight if we could complete our list and post their stories and pictures on our Facebook page and website," said Wantagh Pageant Coordinator Ella Stevens Ella Stevens. "The future is always shaped by the past's contributions and in Wantagh, we have more than 50-years of past contributions worth noting. We are fortunate that many of our past crowns continue to live in Wantagh and one particular Miss Wantagh – Dorothy Langhans (1963) went on to become Miss New York State.”
Anybody who knows the 1961 Miss Wantagh winner or recognizes the photo is urged to contact Stevens at 516- 409-1645 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2012 Miss Wantagh pageant will feature nine contestants and is scheduled for June 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. Miss Wantagh 2012 will be crowned at the conclusion of the annual Wantagh Fourth of July Parade.
The list of Miss Wantagh winners since 1956 with the exception of 1961 incudes: