The 2017 Mrs Idaho America pageant was held October 29, 2016 at Capital High School Auditorium in Boise, Idaho. This event featured 23 of Idaho’s most beautiful and accomplished married women from across the state.
Michele Sheets, Mrs. Kootenai County was crowned Mrs Idaho America 2017. Michele won an expense paid trip to the national competition and a prize package worth over $10,000. Next August, Michele will join 50 other state winners to compete in the Mrs America Pageant at the Westgate Resort in Las Vegas. This 40-year-old beauty is 5’10” tall with dark brown hair & brown eyes. This self-proclaimed farmer is never bored, she and her amazing husband Jeff, 6 kids, 2 horses, 2 goats, pigs, chickens, and turkeys, live on a small farm located on the property of her family’s business, Silverwood Theme Park. There she works as the Guest Relations Manager by day, and helps run a small farm with her family in her off time. After giving birth to 6 kids of her own and being a surrogate for her brother and his wife, she has spent the last few years losing over 70 lbs and is passionate about clean eating. She also loves to teach people about the importance of fresh, farm raised food. As Mrs. Idaho, Michele wants to promote her “Farm to Table” platform. She wants to emphasize that food comes from our farmers and not from a can or a drive through window.
QUEEN'S COURT – Michele’s court included 1st runner-up Kimberly Zweiger, Mrs Eagle Hills; 2nd runner-up Melissa Rhodehouse, Mrs Idaho Falls; 3rd runner up Lori Price, Mrs Rexburg; and 4th runner-up Shalom Love, Mrs Minidoka County. Rounding out the Top 10 – Natalie Hanks, Mrs Floating Feather; Kimberly Paige, Mrs Bannock County; Shawna Walz, Mrs Ada County; Stormie Woolsey, Mrs Coeur d’Alene; Lisa Southorn, Mrs City of Trees.
Awards winners: Mrs. Congeniality – Jaclyn Roberts, Mrs Snake River; Non-Finalist Best Evening Gown – Lisa Southorn, Mrs City of Trees; Non-Finalist Best Swimsuit – Stephanie Schoenfeld, Mrs Southeast Boise; Non-Finalist Best Interview – Shawna Walz, Mrs Ada County; Most Original Costume – Jaclyn Brunson, Mrs Madison County as Beaver Dick the renown trapper; Most Whimsical Costume – Lisa Southorn, Mrs City of Trees as Lady Justice from the state seal; Best Costume –Lori Price, Mrs Rexburg representing Idaho’s Whitewater; Community Service – Lori Price, Mrs Rexburg; Spirit of Pageantry – Ashley Hansen, Mrs Emmett; Most Appearances – Stephanie Schoenfeld, Mrs SE Boise; Most Years Married – Michelle Hancock, Mrs Pocatello (26 years); Career Achievement – Shawna Walz, Mrs Ada County; Most Ticket Sales – Sondra LaVoie, Mrs Boise Metro; Directors Award – Stephanie Schoenfeld, Mrs SE Boise; Most Ad Sales – Lori Price, Mrs Rexburg; Most Recommendations – Lisa Southorn, Mrs City of Trees; Photogenic – Lisa Southorn, Mrs City of Trees; Ambassador Awards and recruiting bonuses were given to – Kimberly Zweiger, Mrs Eagle Hills and Jaclyn Roberts, Mrs Snake River. Fabulous Face – Stefanie Caldwell, Mrs Middleton.
The Mrs Idaho America Competition is an exciting and rewarding program that recognizes Idaho’s married women and is the official state preliminary to the prestigious Mrs. America Pageant. Delegates must be of good moral character, married, at least 18 years of age, a US Citizen and a resident of Idaho. Areas of competition include Personal Interview, Physical Fitness and Evening Wear. Past contestants range in age from 19-60.
Our goal is to run a fair and honest quality pageant while providing a nurturing atmosphere to all of its participants. You will have a great experience and meet new friends that will last a lifetime. You will share your love of marriage, family and community service. You can do the pageant for the excitement, self-confidence, the incentive to get in shape, to learn more about yourself, improve interview skills, poise or public speaking, personal growth or just for the challenge of competition.
Whatever your reason enter the pageant, you deserve it! Contestants are treated royally from the start of pageant weekend to the crowning of the new Mrs. Idaho America. The Mrs. Idaho America pageant staff is here to help you learn and grow from this once in a lifetime experience.
2017 marks the 41th year of the Mrs. America Pageant, which celebrates the dreams, and goals of America’s most valuable resource, the married woman!
The Mrs. Idaho Team
Sher Finke & Susan Marler