For the second year in a row, the Old State House Museum has had an exhibit of gowns worn by winners of the Miss Arkansas title.
While many of the gowns are those worn on the night the winner was crowned, among the collection is a gown worn by Helen Gennings, Miss Arkansas 1968. After her win, Helen went with other pageant winners from across the country to entertain troops in Vietnam. The gown has dirt on the sleeve and hem from Vietnam. As a tribute to the troops, Helen refused to have the dress cleaned.
You can see this and other gowns at the Old State House today from 9am until 5pm.
The Old State House Museum is an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.