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Hilliard mother to vie for Mrs. Ohio crown June 14

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Hilliard resident Victoria Borbridge will compete in the Mrs. Ohio Pageant on June 14 at Gahanna Lincoln High School, 140 S. Hamilton Road.

Seventeen women from different Ohio communities were selected by an application process, with no photos and no interviews, according to Emily Stark, director of the pageant.

The pageant winner will represent Ohio in the Mrs. America Pageant on Aug. 29 in Tucson, Ariz.

In its 38th year, the Mrs. America Pageant is reserved for married women.

Borbridge, 44, said her cousin, Heather Wells, the current Miss Ohio, inspired her to compete in the Mrs. Ohio Pageant.

"Heather encouraged me to be a vehicle for other women to come out of their comfort zones (and) to embrace and enjoy all life has to offer," Borbridge said.

Borbridge has five children, ages 23 to 7, and one child who died.

She is a licensed practical nurse providing at-home care while attending Columbus State Community College to study software engineering.

Borbridge said she is a member of Cypress Wesleyan Church and has been married since 2008 to Donald Borbridge, a native of Sitka, Alaska.

A native of Warren, Borbridge also volunteers her time helping children improve their reading skills at Leawood Elementary School in Columbus City Schools.

Borbridge said she has lost 50 pounds in the past several years by pursuing a healthier lifestyle.

"I want other women to take time out to enjoy life and to a healthy lifestyle," she said.

Women in the Mrs. Ohio Pageant are judged on such traditional pageant standards as evening gown and swimwear, but also on interviews and character assessments that incorporate family life, Borbridge said.

Mrs. Ohio contestants will host a meet-and-greet at 4 p.m. June 12 at Gahanna's Creekside Park in advance of the pageant at 7 p.m. June 14.

Tickets are $25 and available at mrsohamerica.com.

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