Local Woman Crowned Mrs. North Carolina

By Evan Moore

The Denver Citizen

June 23, 2021

Original Article: https://www.lakenormanpublications.com/articles/local-woman-crowned-mrs-north-carolina/?unapproved=6935&moderation-hash=143f1292fcadf5a1091cb4a280b05301#comment-6935

DENVER — A Denver woman is your new Mrs. North Carolina.

Tara Allmendinger was crowned at The River Place Studio in Fort Mill, S.C., on June 12, where married women from across the state competed for the title in evening gown, swimsuit and interview categories.

Last year, in her first time competing in a pageant, she finished as the first runner-up to Ashley George, the then-Mrs. Lake Norman. “This was my second pageant and I got the job done,” Allmendinger said. “I came in so much more prepared.”

Being fairly new to pageantry, Allmendinger said her favorite part of the competition is the focus on growth and personal development, and bonding with other contestants in the process. “One of the things that I loved was just all of the friendships and the people, and the like-minded women that I am now friends with through the experience,” she said.

Allmendinger calls her husband, AJ, a NASCAR Xfinity driver who has experience interacting with the media during interviews, her “pageant coach,” as he gives her tips on how to answer tough questions on stage. “He keeps telling people, especially in his radio interviews, that they should be referring to him as ‘Mr North Carolina,’” Allmendinger said. “He is fully submerged, and he is the best pageant husband.”

As the winner of the Mrs. North Carolina pageant, one of the prizes that Allmendinger received was sessions with Jacques Dallaire, one of the top performance coaches in the world who has worked with many pageant queens and professional drivers, including recent Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves of Meyer Shank Racing. She plans to work with Dallaire to prepare for the Mrs. America pageant in November.

“For me, to prepare for this, it’s mind, body and spirit,” said Allmendinger. “It’s about getting into the gym, balancing my nutrition, working on my mind, continuously learning and just making sure I’m keeping life in balance.”

Other ventures

Previously a commercial pool designer, Allmendinger, who has a master’s degree in architecture, shifted her focus to women’s shoe performance. She recently partnered with designers in New York to develop an international brand for women’s performance footwear, and design a comfortable high-heel shoe.

Allmendinger is also an ambassador for the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, a non-profit advocate for the 8,900 miles of waterways in the Catawba-Wateree River Basin.In the platform she launched, called the “Wellness Warrior,” she works to educate the general public about what they can do in their homes to improve water quality in the area’s rivers.

“For me, at the base of our wellness is our water quality,” Allmendinger said. “I could tell you to work out all day and run, but if you’re not taking in good water, it really doesn’t do anything.”

Since she grew up in rural Nebraska, where her high school graduating class was made up of 53 seniors, Allmendinger said Denver reminds her of her roots, and that the encouragement from residents since her pageant win has been overwhelming.

“I have wanted to connect with the residents of Denver, and of Lincoln County,” Allmendinger said. “Just to feel and see that support, and to know that I’m here and I care about our community, I’m loving everything about Lincoln County for sure.”

Allmendinger will represent North Carolina at the Mrs. America pageant in Las Vegas on Nov. 20.

By Evan Moore, The Denver Citizen. June 23, 2021.

Original Article: https://www.lakenormanpublications.com/articles/local-woman-crowned-mrs-north-carolina/?unapproved=6935&moderation-hash=143f1292fcadf5a1091cb4a280b05301#comment-6935

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