47 contestants participating in 2009 pageant in Vicksburg, MS.
The 52nd annual Miss Mississippi Pageant kicks off as 47 contestants arrive in Vicksburg, ready to battle it out in a week-long competition (July 15-18) for the 2009 state crown and a chance for the national title, set for January 20th in Las Vegas.Preliminary competition will begin Wednesday at the Vicksburg Convention Center and run through Friday, with the finale Saturday night. The contestants, ages 18 to 24, will compete in three separate preliminary groups.
The top ten will be announced Saturday night. Those young women will compete in talent, swim wear, evening wear and on-stage question.Hosting this year's pageant, themed Star, will be Miss Mississippi 2006 Taryn Foshee and Michael Young.
Entertainment will be by Chris Butler, who's performed with top country acts; Kiefer Slaton, a 2009 Vicksburg High graduate who will enter Mississippi State in the fall; Ben Bagby, who has performed on Broadway and in movies; and Ted Laney, a former pageant dancer. Eight Miss Mississippi dancers will perform during the competition, as well.During the week, the contestants will make public appearances, including autograph parties and the annual Miss Mississippi Parade along Washington Street kicking off tonight at 7:00 pm.
The 2009 pageant will feature 15 returning contestants.It will also have 22 blondes, 24 brunettes and one redhead. Eighteen have brown eyes, 15 blue, seven green and seven hazel. Twenty-six will sing, 13 will dance, seven will play the piano and one will play the flute.
The pageant will be televised on WLBT, Jackson; WGBC, Meridian; WLOV, Tupelo; WDAM, Hattiesburg/Laurel; WABG, Greenville; WXXV, South Mississippi and Time Warner Cable. And, for the first time ever, this year, the pageant will be broadcast live via the internet at, http://www.missmississippipageant.com/