Margaret McMillan waited about a century to enter her first beauty pageant but it paid off.
"I'm going to celebrate by going to bed at 9 p.m.," said McMillan, 104, after wheeling off Thursday with the 1988 My Fair Lady crown at the San Mateo County Fair.The youngest entrant in the contest for women who weren't born yesterday was 85.
The white-haired McMillan, confined to a wheelchair, defeated 29 others in the eighth annual contest among nursing home residents who are confined to wheelchairs. She said it was her first beauty contest.
The seven-judge panel evaluated each contestant on poise in front of the crowd of 200 and by answers to questions such as "What was the funniest event in your life?" and "What would you do if you won a $1 million lottery prize?"
McMillan's funniest anecdote was about skating backward, and she said if she won the lottery money she would share most of it with the less fortunate - except for the price of a new car, specifically a Rolls-Royce.
A longtime resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, McMillan said she had longed for a Rolls since she used to help her late husband Merton, who had a dry-goods store, deliver groceries in a Model T Ford.
The McMillans met and married in 1920 in Ontario, Canada, and moved to California. Mr. McMillan died in 1982.