18 contestants vying for Miss Neshoba County
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 1:00 AM
"Stampede of Beauties" is the theme of Monday night's Miss Neshoba County pageant when 18 young ladies compete for the coveted title at the grandstand of the Fair.
The girls will entertain Fairgoers with a country dance routine to the song "Boot Scootin' Boogie," donning cut off shorts, tank tops and cowboy boots!
Choreographer for the pageant is Ali Gray.
The pageant will begin at 8 p.m. and include a flyover by two planes from the Naval Air Station in Meridian, said director Gail Breazeale.
This year's Miss Neshoba County contestants, along with their parents, are:
Abbi White, 17, daughter of Chasity Lawrence and Allen White.
Taylor Ward, 16, daughter of Alan and Carol Ward.
Macy Martin, 18, daughter of Ike and Carla Martin.
Destini Williams, 18, daughter of Michael and Tawanna Williams.
Bethany Jones, 18, daughter of Chris and LeighAnn Jones.
Macken'z Smith, 17, daughter of Bill and Susan Smith.
Courtney Hamilton, 16, daughter of Rodney and Margie Hamilton.
Maribeth Stuart, 18, daughter of Johnny and Brandy Stuart.
Allie Killens, 19, daughter of Susan Killens and Joe and Teri Killens.
Whitney Waddell, 18, daughter of Brian and Dana Waddell.
Emma Kate Winstead, 17, daughter of Kent and Missy Winstead.
Shelby Anthony, 17, daughter of Alan and Lisa Anthony.
Jenna Pigg, 17, daughter of Priscilla Pigg and Riley Pigg.
Mary Grace Key, 17, daughter of David and Jenny Key.
Courtney Partridge, 19, daughter of Keith and Tawana Partridge.
Hannah Turk, 17, daughter of Angela and David Turk.
Kelsey Lewis, 20, daughter of Tony and Pam Lewis.
Carrigan Cox, 17,daughter of Bill and Britta Cox.
Master of ceremonies will be Keith Page. Pageant entertainment will be provided by Michael Hardy, Jeff Stewart, Nick Stewart and 2012 Miss Neshoba County Krissy Winstead.
Pages will be Sarah Alice and Annie Fulton, daughters of Rob and Rozane Fulton and Pete Peebles, son of Ashley and Ben Peebles.
A winner and four alternates will be chosen along with a Most Photogenic, Miss Congeniality and stage wear. An award for best interview will also be presented.
Contestants will be scored on interview, dance, evening gown and stage wear.
There will not be an on-stage question for finalists.
Also new to this year's pageant, judges will select the top 10 finalists before announcing a winner and four alternates.
Pageant director Breazeale said judges would not have an easy task in selecting a winner.
"You can tell this group of girls is family oriented," she said. "They are so polite and have worked great together."
Miss Winstead, the 2012 Miss Neshoba County, will deliver her final farewell by fielding a few questions from the master of ceremonies.
Fair Association President Gilbert Donald will officially open the 124th Fair prior to the pageant at 7:30 p.m.
The Rev. Chris Vowell, pastor of Crossway Community Church in Philadelphia, will deliver the invocation. Mrs. Jean Yates will sing the national anthem.
Prior to the pageant, Donald will present the 2013 Neshoba County Fair Association Youth Achievement Award.