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First Miss McMinnville to be crowned Aug. 30
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Contestants are being sought for the inaugural Miss McMinnville Pageant to be held Aug. 30. The pageant is a preliminary to the Miss Tennessee Pageant, which is held in June.
“We are so excited to add this title to our pageant roster, and to be crowning one woman as the first Miss McMinnville,” said director Susan Burks. “The winner of this title will begin her exciting journey toward preparing for the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant in Jackson.”
A Miss McMinnville will be crowned, as well as McMinnville’s Outstanding Teen, and McMinnville’s Teen Princess at the pageants taking place in the Warren County High School auditorium.
Reigning Outstanding Teen is Haleigh Johnson, and Teen Princess Jade Spilka, who placed first runner-up at the state pageant in March.
To be eligible to compete for Miss McMinnville, girls must be no younger than 17 at the time of the local event, be a high school graduate, a resident of Tennessee for the last six months and not older than 24 by Dec. 31. A complete list of rules can be viewed at misstennessee.org or e-mail missmcminnville@gmail.com for a contestant packet. The deadline for all categories is Aug. 25.
Contestants will compete in private interview, on-stage question, lifestyle and fitness, talent and evening gown competitions.
Applicants seeking either the title of Outstanding Teen or Teen Princess can also obtain complete information by visiting misstennessee.org; or e-mailing missmcminnville@gmail.com.
Girls should be between 13 and 17 years of age, and not a senior in high school, and a Tennessee resident for at least six months, and reside in middle or east Tennessee.
Both categories will compete in interview, sports or fitness wear and evening gown. Outstanding Teen contestants will also have a talent requirement.  Applications must be submitted by the Aug. 25 deadline.
A special guest scheduled to attend is Lexie Perry, Miss Tennessee’s Out-standing Teen. She placed first runner-up at the Miss America Outstanding Teen pageant recently. Her talent is a combination of “Orange Blossom Special” and “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” on the fiddle.
“For those wanting to mark their calendars for upcoming pageants, the Miss McMinnville Princess Pageants will be held Nov. 1,” said Burks. “We will award several titles during that event, and it serves as a fundraiser for the Miss McMinnville Pageants. The reigning Miss Tennessee Hayley Lewis is scheduled to make an appearance.”