Street strikes gold in first peach pageant

Published 1:22 pm Thursday, June 29, 2023

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By Carey Reeder | Managing Editor

In her first peach pageant she has competed in, Chloe Street was crowned the 2023 Miss Peach Queen on June 22. Street is no stranger to the peach pageants with her mother, Debbie Street, having helped with the pageants for many years before. However, 2023 was the first year Street decided to try her hand at competing in the pageant, and it turned out to be the best choice.

“I was overcome with joy,” Street said. “When she put the crown on my head it did not hit me, and it still has not hit me, so I am still very excited. I was overcome with the Lord’s grace and I prayed for this, and him allowing me to be in this position and giving me this opportunity is so special.”

Street was also the casual wear winner, named most photogenic and received multiple scholarships in the pageant. She was sponsored by Todd’s Produce.

Knowing the environment of the Miss Peach Pageant was beneficial to Street, and she knew from her past experiences how crucial the interview portion of the pageant is. She prepared for over four months to make her dreams of competing in the peach pageant come true. After seeing all of the queens being crowned in years past, it was now Street’s turn to assume the crown.

“I worked really hard on walks and all the pageant stuff itself, but the interview was really the hardest part,” Street said. “When I walked into (the pageant) I got this sense of calmness that came over me and I was standing outside the door and I told myself ‘This is it, you worked so hard for this and you do not want to mess this up,’”

Since the pageant on June 22, Street was a part of the Peach Parade on June 24 that she said was really special to her. However, speaking and taking photos with the little girls in Chilton County has been the best part of the first few days of her reign.

“I look forward to speaking with all of the little kids I come across,” Street said. “I want to be that role model who every little girl can see a piece of herself in, and I strive to be someone that anyone can come up and talk to. Being in this position to be a role model for those little kids and having them come up to me like I am a superhero is so special. It is important for every little girl to take these risks because I could never see my past self doing something like this. The Lord will lead you in the right direction and you just have to tell yourself I can do anything I set my mind to. I am also big on dreams remain dreams until you take action. Take those risks, do not be scared of failure or you will regret in later in life.”

Street attends Chilton County High School and will be a senior in the fall. She is a member of the dance line and served as the captain as a junior last year. She is involved in the student government organization, Blast from the Past, a member of the National Beta and Honor Societies and also represents CCHS at the American Legion Auxiliary Alabama Girls State. Street was also recently elected as a Chilton County Chamber of Commerce ambassador for the county.

After high school, Street plans to attend Auburn University and pursue a career in nursing. She also wants to travel the world, and wants to combine those two things to be a travel nurse.

“My grandmother was in the hospital, and watching how those people treated us and our whole family throughout that process, I want to be able to give that same care and comfort for families around our country and the world,” Street said.

In the end, Street will always be known as a Miss Peach Queen, and she said she will always remember and cherish the moment when her name was called at the pageant. She knows people are always looking to her to represent Chilton County and one of its most valuable resources well, and she knows what it will take to do so.

“One day I will get to tell my kids that your mom was a peach queen. It is very special, and is not a title just anyone gets to hold,” Street said. “I know I have a lot to live up to, and I plan to live it to the best of my abilities.”