This week my hometown of Vicksburg is all abuzz with pretty girls vying for the crown of Miss Mississippi 2011. She will represent Mississippi in the Miss American Pageant in January 2012 in Las Vegas, NV.
Forty-five contestants are racing for the 2011 crown and a shot at the national title!
It all begins today with the annual downtown parade and on Wednesday the contestants will kick off three nights of preliminary competition, leading up to Saturday night's live, televised pageant, during which the top 10 will be named and a winner crowned.
The theme will be Flicks, and the pageant will be a celebration of movies. It will be held at the Vicksburg Convention Center.
The first Miss Mississippi was crowned in 1934 in Biloxi. The pageant was moved to Vicksburg, and the first queen crowned in the River City was in 1958. Four women from Mississippi have been crowned Miss America - Mary Ann Mobley of Brandon in 1959, Lynda Lee Mead of Natchez, in 1960, Cheryl Prewitt of Ackerman in 1980 and Susan Akin of Meridian in 1986. Not bad for Mississippi!
Our reigning Miss American, Sarah Beth, has a blog if you would like to read it and she only post once a month.
It will be an exciting week here and I look forward to seeing who will be our next Miss Mississippi!