BANGOR -- In a city with no stoplights, one supermarket and three gas stations, there is room for only one queen.
So would the real Miss Bangor please step forward?
Is she Steena Sumner, 16, who was crowned Miss Bangor on Nov. 6?
Or is it the young woman to be crowned Sunday in the Miss Bangor (Blossomtime) contest?
``Little ol' Bangor doesn't need two pageants,'' said Kelly Weber, Miss Bangor pageant photographer. ``Kalamazoo doesn't have two pageants. Grand Rapids doesn't have two pageants. So why in the world would Bangor have two?''
That question is echoed by others in Bangor, where people are serious about their pageants.
``It's tearing the community apart,'' Weber said. ``There are longtime friends that don't talk anymore because of this.''
This conflict reared its ugly head last year.
According to Miss Bangor Chairwoman Dorothy Carpenter, she decided in 2004 that she could not handle the responsibility of sending a queen to the regional Blossomtime contest, held each spring in Benton Harbor. After weeks of correspondence with Blossomtime officials, she was notified she was no longer eligible to send her queen to their pageant, Carpenter said.
Cory Knuth, chairman of Miss Bangor (Blossomtime), said Blossomtime officials contacted him in 2004 and requested that he honor Bangor's commitment to the pageant. Knuth agreed to put his previous pageant experience to the test. He started a Miss Bangor (Blossomtime) contest and crowned its first queen five weeks later.