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Dail vying for Mrs. Virginia

By Alan Chamberlain | January 30, 2008 11:54 am

Tara Leigh Dail will be representing New Kent County at the Mrs. Virginia United States Pageant to be held inside Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre on March 1.

The pageant is the official state preliminary for the nationally televised Mrs. United States Pageant. The pageant operates on the premise that married women should be recognized for their ability to integrate intellect and beauty.

Entrants must be at least age 21, married, and a Virginia resident. Students attending a Virginia school are eligible as well as anyone employed in the state. Competition is held in swimsuit, evening gown, and interview.

Dail graduated from New Kent High School in 1982 and is a resident of Providence Forge. She is the youngest daughter of the late Daniel B. Fowler and Sallie P. Fowler of New Kent.

She is married to Bryan Dail and is the mother of three boys. Her oldest son, James Daniel Dunn, graduated from New Kent in 2007 and is attending North Carolina State University where he is studying chemical engineering and paper science and engineering. Her other sons are ages 16 and seven.

Dail is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Providence Forge resident Jennifer Phillips, last year’s Mrs. New Kent who won the state title and competed in the national event.

But Dail needs financial assistance to offset pageant expenses. Contestants are selling ad space in the pageant’s program. For each ad sold, 50 percent of the proceeds go toward entry fees.

Anyone interested in helping with ad sponsorships or providing cash donations can contact Dail at