Miss Santa Cruz, 1983

Kearney on stage of Cocoanut Grove with Miss Santa Cruz.

For a while I was shooting the photos for the Miss Santa Cruz Pageant. For many years Santa Cruz was the home for the Miss California Pageant, with a big parade from town to the Boardwalk. But that was to change with the times. I had to walk through a picket line with hundreds of women carrying candles, to get to the civic auditorium with my camera.
Santa Cruz turned from being the showplace for the Miss America Pageant to a center of controversy.

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