My thoughts will focused on Hoopeston, Illinois this weekend as Dover NH's Kat Howland will be competing at The National Sweetheart Pageant. I'm very excited for Kat (as I've known her for over a decade) and her chance to take home one of the most intriguing (and perhaps mythical) reward in the entire pageant universe.

In addition to having NINE Miss Americas that also competed at Miss Sweetheart, this is the only pageant that I've ever heard of that gives GOLD to it's victor.

Yes! I swear it's tradition in this pageant that the winner receives an 18 karat gold pendant! I've been reading through the official website and (much like other legendary treasures) there are no images of this glorious award.

BRING HOME THE GOLD!! Go KAT GO!!