Miss South Carolina contestants in Columbia, get free McDonald’s meal

By Karamie Sullivan

Two Columbia McDonald’s restaurants welcomed the Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen pageant contestants Wednesday for lunch.

The Miss SC contestants were hosted by the McDonald’s on Garners Ferry Road, while the Miss SC Teen contestants were given lunch at the Clemson Road location.

Both the Miss SC and Miss Teen SC pageants’ preliminary competition is taking place Tuesday through Thursday. The crowning for Miss South Carolina Teen Is Friday, and Saturday Miss South Carolina will be crowned.

This is the fifth year in a row that McDonalds has opened their doors to the contestants in support of this pageant organization. According to local McDonald’s owner Brad Valdes, community involvement is one of the main reasons they donate lunch to the girls every year.

Supporting our local community is important to us, and we are excited to contribute to the Scholarship Organizations of Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen,” said Valdes.

The girls were excited to get a break from their hectic week of competition to sit down and eat at a familiar restaurant.

I love it! We’re getting good food. And to be honest I haven’t gotten to eat yet all day, it’s been so busy,” said Teen Miss contestant Maritsa Platis. “I decided to get a little bit of everything, so I got a salad but had to get some fries too.”

Although fast food may seem to have been an unlikely lunch for these pageant contestants, there was a greater purpose behind this meal. The contestants brought canned good donations for the Harvest Hope food drive that is being hosted by local McDonald’s restaurants this summer.

The real reason why we’re here is for the Ronald McDonald house, so it’s not just about free food, but really we’re bringing donations to this McDonald’s almost in exchange for getting our lunch,” said Platis.

Photos of contestants: ColaDaily/Karamie Sullivan.

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