January 5, 2009
Miss Vermont goes green with dress
The reigning Miss Vermont said she will be going green at the upcoming Miss America Pageant with an eco-friendly gown made from hemp, organic cotton and silk.
Ashley Ruth Wheeler said the dress, which was created by a designer in northeast Vermont, also includes lace and beads made from recycled materials, WPTZ-TV, Plattsburgh, N.Y., reported Monday.
I really feel like I'm carrying the state of Vermont with me,Wheeler said.
I thought, OK, keep the money local, and also go with environmental responsibility; it's the perfect fit.
She said the dress will make its public debut Jan. 24 at the Miss America Pageant.