Monday, February 23, 2015

Azalea Trail Maids

Hey Y'all, 

It's hard to believe but spring is right around the corner! I can't think of spring without thinking of the Azalea Trail Maids of Mobile, Alabama. 

History of Azalea Trail Maids- 

The Mobile Azalea Trail began as a project by Mr. Sam Lackland and the Mobile Junior Chamber of Commerce, now known as the Mobile Jaycees, in 1929 to encourage citizens of Mobile to plant azaleas that would line local street. The Azalea Trail ran through many areas of the city and was marked by a pink line that ran through the middle of the street.

The Trail Maid Court began as a group of 10 girls who would gather over a three day period to help greet visitors to the opening of the Trail every year. The popularity of the Azalea Trail Court grew so popular during the 1950's that girls from around the Southeast were bidding to be a member of the court. A decision was made to only allow girls from Mobile County to participate in the court and the America's Junior Miss was formed as scholarship program for girls around the country.

The court has grown from its original 10 that only gathered for three days to 50 girls that represent the city of Mobile both locally and nationally year round.

The Mobile Azalea Trail Maids serve as the city's "Official Ambassadors" at many events, both locally and nationally.

Check out the group's Facebook page here

Picture is clipped from Mobile Azalea Trail Maids Facebook page

What a wonderful group for a girl to be a member. In order to apply for this prestigious group, girls must reside in Mobile County, Alabama, be a rising senior in high school, have at least a 3.0 GPA, be involved in extra curricular activities and be active in her community. Additionally, she must pass an interview portion before a panel of judges selected by her high school. The girls are judged on overall GPA, her knowledge of Mobile and current events, overall interview abilities and poise. The girls who score in the top 50 will make up the Trail Court for the next year. 

Photo is property of Mobile Azalea Trail Maids- via Facebook page. 
Were you a part of a trail maid group as a girl? I would love to hear about your experience! 

Feel free to comment below. 

Until next time, 

CEO- The House of Q's

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