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OVSTKH FESTIVAL QUEEN Natalyn Shipp shows oil She will crown her successor on Oct 12 at Shallotte
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BY DAWN ELLEN BOYD
Natalyn Shipp's favorite way to eat oysters is fried.
She also likes them cooked in the shell but explained,
"Opening them gets to be kind of difficult because of my
Natalyn is the 1985 N.C. Oyster Festival queen. I-nst
year she was chosen from ten contestants. She has had a
busy year representing the festival and the South
Brunswick Islands, making many appearances including
the Azalea Festival, the Sun Fun Festival, the N.C.
Festival by the Sea at llolden Beach, the Miss Pender
County and Miss Brunswick County pageants, the N.C.
Strawberry Festival, and the N.C. Fourth of July parade
The 19-year-old Wilmington resident isn't new to the
pageant scene. She was the 1983 Tri-County Cinderella
queen, as well as first runner-up in the 1984 Miss NewHanover
County pageant and third runner-up in the 1983
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On October 5 she plans to vie for the title of Spot
Festival queen in Hampsted.
She hopes all this brings her closer to her goal of being
a contestant in the Miss North Carolina Pageant.
Meanwhile, she has enjoyed her reign as Oyster
Festival queen. "The South Brunswick Islands arc
beautiful. The people here arc wonderful. They've done
so much for me as far as support and effort. I've enjoyed
representing them very much."
Nalalyn is studying speech cuuUnufticutlons at UNCWilmington,
and although she is undecided about a
career, she is interested in fashion nuirketing. She occasionally
models for I m Chic Agency in Wilmington. Keeping
up with her dancing and singing is a priority, along
with traveling as Oyster Festival queen and going to
school, in her spare time she enjoys playing s|>orts.
ller most memorable experience as Oyster Festival
queen was the four days she spent on the queen's court
during the l'.giS Azalea Festival. "We were up early In the
morning and went to lied late at night," she said. "We
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were on the Jim Burns show, we did an interview on
WECT-TV, we went to garden parties and introduced
ourselves and represented our titles, we went to the coronation
pageant on Saturday night which featured Rich
little, and we also went to the Donnv and Marie (Osmond)
concert Thursday night. We were in the parade. It
was just a lot of fun."
She also tuul the opportunity in Raleigh to have lunch
with the state's director of travel and tourism, Charles
Hcathcrly, during the week of the Miss North Carolina
The entire year has afforded Natalyn many opportunities
to do her favorite tiling: meet new people. "You
can learn so much from other people!" she exclaimed.
The person responsible for helping Natalyn keep up
with her busy schedule is her mother, Jane Shipp.
Natalyn said, "I wouldn't lie here today if it wasn't for
my mother. She has been with me throughout the whole
year. She has been with me everywhere and helped me
get dressed. She has done everything from nuiking sure
my face is on straight to making sure my dresses are
right and my clothes are together. She's been the
backlxme behind it.
"My dad's been close to me, too. My parents say
they're my biggest fans!"
Even though her days as Oyster Festival queen are
drawing to a close, Natalyn says she is looking forward to
this year's pageant Saturday, Oct. 12. "Not becuuse I'm
giving up the title," she said, "because I don't think I'll
ever give up Brunswick County or the oyster festival It
will always hold a special place in my heart."
Natalyn says she is looking forward to giving another
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She said, "I'm looking forward to it in the sense that
I'll lie able to give another girl the opportunity to do the
things I have done and learn the things I have learned
while traveling and meeting other people and entertaining
in other cities."
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