Contestants ready for start of preliminaries on Wednesday

Published 8:55 am Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Preliminary competitions for the Miss Mississippi Pageant will get underway Wednesday evening. Forty-four contestants will be vying for the crown, and on Saturday, one will be named the new Miss Mississippi.

The theme of this year’s show is “Unforgettable: Empowering Women,” Miss Mississippi Pageant producer Jaynie Fedell said, and added the production is geared around the 60th anniversary of the crowning in Vicksburg.

This is Fedell’s second year to serve as the producer of the Miss Mississippi Pageant production, and she said the audience should look forward to an exciting show.

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The show is going to be colorful, and the music covers several genres and decades, she said.

“The production will also have some new modern twists and changes to it,” Fedell said, explaining that the princes and princesses will be doing a choir production number with Miss Mississippi Laura Lee Lewis.

“I am so excited about this. It is going to be beautiful. I can’t wait for everybody to see this. The song is ‘True Colors,’ and it is going to be stunning,” she said.

Another change, Fedell said, is the order of the production.

“We thought it would be more interesting to change things up a little bit this year.”

However, during the preliminary competitions, contestants will still be divide into groups A, B and C and will compete in alternating phases each night of the preliminary competition until Saturday, when the top ten will be announced. Those contestants will then re-compete in all phases of the competition and from there a winner will be chosen.

Fedell said, in addition to the changes the audience will view, there are also several in house changes that will occur, making for a “more professional” production, she said, siting the script and technical advances.

As a producer, Fedell said these changes have made her job more interesting.

“When you are an artist or creative person, you always want that opportunity to see something new and that is how I see this,” she said.

All tickets are sold out for the competition, but Saturday night’s final competition and crowing will be televised on WLBT, and it will be live streamed on the Miss Mississippi website.

The Vicksburg Post will also be posting photos of the contestants on their Facebook page as well as their website.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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