With the 2019 Osceola County Fair and Kissimmee Livestock Show comes 10 days of fun, games, performances, livestock shows and more. But one of the most notable events is the crowning of a new Miss Osceola.
The Miss Osceola Scholarship Pageant is open to all females ages 17 to 24. The contestants compete in the areas of interview, swimsuit, talent and formal wear. The winner of the annual pageant qualifies to proceed to the Miss Florida Pageant, with the chance to compete for the title of Miss America — the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women, with more than $45 million in tuition scholarship assistance in the last year.
Cassidy Goldman, Miss Osceola 2018, was born in Tampa and currently lives in Jacksonville. She is a high school graduate of Creekside High School and is a student at University of North Florida.
The News-Gazette sat down with Goldman, for one last interview before she passes the torch on Saturday, Feb. 16.
Osceola News-Gazette: Miss Osceola 2018 — What a title! Has competing in pageants always beensomething you wanted
Goldman: “My mom competed in Young Woman of the Year and I grew up watching Miss America which inspired a dream to be just like them, but I never imagined I could be one of the accomplished young women who compete to be Miss America.”
ONG: What other pageants have you competed in?
Goldman: “My journey began while I watched Miss Creekside speak to my eighth grade class with confidence and class. I knew from that moment I wanted to be like her. Three years later, I was finally eligible to compete and won. From there, I moved onto Miss Senior High, where the North Florida high school queens compete to earn more scholarship. I placed second runner up, and with my competitive nature, I couldn’t stand to stop competing after a loss. Almost two months later, I participated in the Miss Ponte Vedra pageant where I placed first runner up. The next week I competed in my home city and was crowned the youngest Miss Jacksonville. After Miss Florida 2017, where my roommate won, I set my sights on the Miss Osceola crown. During competition day, I thought I bombed my interview and I was sure I wasn’t going to win, but God had other plans.”
ONG: How old were you when you won Miss Osceola?
Goldman: “At 18 years old, I was crowned Miss Osceola and given the opportunity to compete at Miss Florida for the second time. While I really wanted to win Miss Florida 2018, I prayed that I would have my name called at least once for an award and God answered! I received the Rising Star Award and a one thousand dollar scholarship.”
ONG: What are some opportunities you’ve had as Miss Osceola?
Goldman: “I have had so many incredible opportunities and experiences as Miss Osceola. Coming from the suburbs, I was able to learn so much about agriculture and specifically cattle while passing out awards at the Cowtown Classic. Another opportunity I loved was riding in the St. Cloud and Kissimmee Christmas parades on a beautiful float complete with a Ferris wheel and the fair mascot Rocco. Some of my favorite experiences from this year have been singing the national anthem all over Osceola from Florida Fire Frogs baseball games to a rodeo in the Silver Spurs Arena.”
ONG: What has been your favorite part of being Miss Osceola?
Goldman: “My favorite part about being Miss Osceola has been meeting so many children. I love kids and the opportunity the crown provides to inspire little girls and boys to chase their wildest dreams and teach them that with God and hard work anything is possible.”
ONG: Are you ready to pass the torch?
Goldman: “Passing on the crown will be bittersweet because I’m super excited for the fair and I jump at any chance to perform, but I have loved every minute with the Osceola County Fair board and representing Osceola County so much. From the moment I was crowned Miss Osceola, I gained a new family who has supported me throughout the entire year and given me so many amazing experiences and adventures.”
The Miss Osceola Pageant will be Saturday, Feb. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. Click here to read about the pageant.