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Good luck, Miss Mississippi contestants

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 12, 2014

For the past 57 years, an annual rite of summer in Mississippi has called Vicksburg home. The Miss Mississippi pageant — a boon for the city’s economy and image — began in earnest this week with the arrival of 41 contestants from around the state vying to represent the Magnolia State at September’s Miss America pageant.
We wish all the contestants the best in their quests for the crown. Activities began on Monday with the annual parade down Washington Street. Autograph sessions lead into three nights of preliminary competitions before tonight’s live televised final night. Two women from Vicksburg are participants. No Vicksburg woman has been crowned Miss Mississippi since Karen Hopson in 1981.
We hope for a seamless pageant under the direction of Chesley Lambiotte and Amy Jackson, they will be responsible for the pageant’s production. That is what will continue to attract the pageant to Vicksburg’s pomp and production.
It is incumbent upon the people of the city to show Vicksburg in a positive light. Families from Moss Point to Corinth and all points between are staying at our hotels, eating at our restaurants and visiting our attractions. It would only enhance the city for visitors to leave with positive feelings.
Vicksburg has been fortunate during the past 57 years to not only attract, but to keep the pageant in the River City. Countless hours have gone into making the Miss Mississippi pageant a first-class event and one the people here should be proud to have.
And who knows, one of these young women could be crowned Miss America. It’s possible. Four Mississippians — Mary Ann Mobley in 1958, Linda Lee Meade in 1959, Cheryl Prewitt in 1979 and Susan Akin in 1985 — have earned the coveted Miss America crown. It’s been 29 years, though. Long overdue.