Ms. Mature Irving Pageant
Meet the 2018 Ms. Mature Irving: Nina Elizalde Crocker
Nina was crowned at the 36th Annual Ms. Mature Irving Pageant on Oct. 5. This dynamic lady is a native Texan, born in San Antonio.
This mother of three and soon-to-be grandmother has always been a hard worker. Nina’s philosophy is “discipline weighs ounces; regret weighs tons.” Nina certainly put that belief into practice. She managed to earn two masters degrees and her CPA certification while being a stay-at-home mom.
Nina is happy and proud that she put an emphasis on education and learning different cultures for her children. They now speak several languages and have advanced degrees. After raising her girls and completing her own academic work Nina decided she needed to do something fun. She loves a challenge, so she decided to learn the art of Middle Eastern belly dancing. Nina now teaches belly dancing, and her dance troupe won first place at the International Troupe Belly Dance competition in 2005. She wants to continue dancing and teaching.
Nina truly loves Irving. In her free time she enjoys taking long walks through the Heritage District with her husband Phillip. She loves time with her family, and that’s where her sense of humor shines. She wants you to know that not only can she dance and do your book keeping, she makes a mean green enchilada and cheesecake dessert as she says, “is to die for.”
As Ms. Mature Irving Nina wants to meet women in Irving, and learn how she can serve the community. She’s ready to brag about the city she loves! When you see her around town this year at parades and city events be sure to greet her.
About the Pageant
This program is sponsored by the Heritage Senior Center of the City of Irving Parks and Recreation Department. The Ms. Mature Irving Pageant strives to showcase the talents of senior citizens. Its goal is to demonstrate the worth of the senior citizen to the community, and to choose someone "young at heart" to represent the City of Irving at official functions.
This is a beauty contest held every autumn in which the beauty of the spirit is celebrated. The pageant is multi-ethnic, and city wide. You can register through any of the city recreation centers throughout the city. Ms. Mature Irving is a pageant for women age 60 and older. The pageant consists of three categories: personality, talent, and evening wear. We have always enjoyed terrific community support from city officials, area merchants, and civic groups.
The event's goal is to create greater awareness of the worth of Irving's senior women, and also to promote a positive image of our seniors. We would be honored to have ladies from organizations all over the City of Irving, to participate in this year’s pageant. There will be some work, but rest assured that there is also fun.
If you would like to know more about the pageant or about the Heritage Senior Center, please email Pat Davenport or call (972) 721-2496.
The Pageant's History
Linda Spencer and Cindy Jones founded the Ms. Mature Irving Pageant in 1982. The first pageant was held at the senior center. Assistant Parks and Recreation Director Bill Thompson served as the emcee. The idea caught on and a great institution was born! In 1983, the pageant moved to the Buena Vista Theater, now known as the Theater In The Commons, and was held there for the next six years. When the Irving Arts Center opened in 1990, the Carpenter Theater became the home to the Ms. Mature Irving Pageant.
Many exciting things have happened during the run of the pageant. In 1990, the Ms. Mature Irving had the privilege of using the Ms. America Pageant stage set. The largest part of the set involved a huge staircase, which our ladies navigated beautifully. One contestant, Vivian Martin-Kleinwachter, was performing a roller-skating routine as her talent. She descended the stairs on her roller skates! At the 1992 pageant, a young girl singer from the Johnny High Music Revue performed. Her name was Leanne Rimes.
Senior Pageant Legacy
Based on the example of the Ms. Mature Irving Pageant, many other senior pageants have come to life. Pageants in San Angelo, San Antonio, Abilene, and Corpus Christi have been founded, as well as the state pageant itself. Our representatives have performed admirably, with Vivian Kleinwachter winning the state pageant in 1991 as well as winning the talent competition in the national pageant. We celebrate over 34 years of honoring senior ladies. All of the Ms. Matures have been examples of what is best in senior women. These lovely ladies are vital members of the community with a lot to contribute. It is our hope that we will continue showcasing them throughout the 21st Century and beyond.