Local girls compete in a pageant to become queen at the world championship of muskrat skinning.




Every year in the town of Golden Hill, contestants gather for two important competitions in the National Outdoor Show. Local high school girls compete to become "Miss Outdoors," queen of the show and its representative for the year. On the same stage, the world's best muskrat skinners compete to see who can skin the fastest. Muskrat Lovely follows the events leading to the 50th crowning of "Miss Outdoors." It's an ironic and tender look at the yearly event of a close-knit community in a remote area of the Chesapeake Bay. A place where men still make their living off the water, and the opportunities for glamor are few. Written by Amy Nicholson

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Every skinning competition needs a queen...





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How to win a Beauty Pageant:

Breathe through your nose rather than through your mouth.

Avoid sore feet at the pageant by wearing new shoes around the house until they are comfortable. You can loosen them up by wearing them with socks.

Believe in yourself and others will believe in you. It takes more than Lady Luck to win a beauty pageant.

If you wear a one-shouldered gown and a one-sided hairstyle, wear your hair on the side of the bare shoulder to balance the look.

Hairspray can be used as setting lotion, and setting lotion can be used as hairspray if you find yourself in an emergency situation.

Remember: wearing a crown is not nearly as important as how you make it shine. See more »

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