September 21, 2006 at 6:58 a.m.
Sheila Roemeling was named Mrs. Chisago County in May and will now represent the county at the Mrs. Minnesota International pageant in March in St. Cloud. While there, she will no doubt share a dressing room with Miss Chisago County, who happens to be her daughter.
Shay Roemeling was named Miss Chisago County in May and will compete for the Miss Teen Minnesota International title, also in March in St. Cloud.
The Mrs. Minnesota International pageant is run simultaneously with the Miss Teen Minnesota pageant, with each group of contestants alternating between their spots on-stage and preparing off-stage.
Roemeling said it was with her daughter’s support that she entered the Mrs. Chisago County pageant in the first place.
Roemeling, a wellness coach, attended the 2006 Mrs. Minnesota pageant with her daughter to watch one of her clients compete.
“It looked like fun, but more than that, these women wanted to become more,” she said. “It’s not a beauty pageant.”
Both then decided it would be fun to enter their respective competitions. Roemeling now says she’s just fortunate she doesn’t have to compete against her daughter.
Because there is not an official Chisago County competition for the Mrs. Minnesota pageant, women interested in entering fill out an application and submit it to Pageants Unlimited.
The application includes biographical information about their family and education and personal background, along with hobbies and their platform.
As a wellness coach, Roemeling decided to base her platform on nutrition education and supplementation, something she feels strongly about.
“I want to help people learn to make simple changes in their health and take control of it,” she said.
One-half of the score contestants receive at the Mrs. Minnesota pageant is based on their platform.
Roemeling was officially crowned in August, but she has made several public appearances as Mrs. Chisago County since May, including being part of the Karl Oskar Days parade and the Chisago Lakes Triathlon.
In upcoming weeks, she will be part of the North Branch Fall Harvest Festival and the Almelund Apple Fest. She will also take part in the St. Paul Winter Carnival, along with other Mrs. Minnesota contestants.
The nice thing about the competition, Roemeling said, is the contestants don’t focus on competing.
“The contest is more about building friendships and relationships than rivalry,” she said.
Her children, ages 11, 12, 15 and 18, are all supportive, along with husband, Todd. In addition to working as a wellness coach, Roemeling homeschools her two youngest children.