Pageant contestants in Vicksburg this weekend

Published 7:12 pm Thursday, February 8, 2018

Contestants vying for the title of Miss Mississippi and Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen will be arriving in Vicksburg this weekend for their respective orientations.

“The orientations are where the girls first get together as a class and learn about what is going to happen this summer during the pageants,” Miss Mississippi executive board secretary Earl Edris said.

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Events will include dance rehearsals, wardrobe fittings, T.V. and radio interviews and photo shoots.

“Contestants will also learn what to expect if they are crowned Miss Mississippi or Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen,” Edris said.

This year, 49 contestants will be competing for the title of Miss Mississippi and 28 teens will be vying for the MMOT title, which means the economic impact from the pageant will be benefitting the city before the actual competitions are held, executive director of the Miss Mississippi Pageant David Blackledge said.

“The pageant is not just for the summer. We are bringing in a lot of people for the entire orientation weekend and will be a nice little economic boom for our city,” Blackledge said.

In addition to those competing in both the Miss Mississippi and MMOT pageants, the orientation weekend will bring in the contestants’ family and friends, their local directors and the princes and princesses and their families, which will number in the hundreds.

Orientation for those competing in the Miss Mississippi Pageant will begin 5 p.m. Friday.

Orientation for the teens starts at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Both orientations will be held at Hinds Community College in Vicksburg.

Speakers for the Miss Mississippi Pageant orientation will include Blackledge, Miss Mississippi Anne Elizabeth Buys and Jaynie Fedell, who will be serving as producer of the Miss Mississippi Pageant. 

Speakers for the MMOT Pageant orientation include MMOT executive director Winky Freeman, MMOT Holly Brand and Jennifer Tillotson, producer of the teen pageant.

From 5 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, a crowning ceremony for the Petite Magnolia princesses will be held at HCC. This event is open to the public. An MMOT autograph party will follow from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Outlets at Vicksburg, 4000 S. Frontage Road.

The Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Pageant will be held April 28 through 29

The first preliminary competition is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29 with the second to follow at 7:30 p.m.

The final day of competition and crowning will begin at 2 p.m., April 29. All competitions will be held at the Vicksburg Auditorium, 901 Monroe St., and tickets are $75 for all three competitions.

The Miss Mississippi Pageant preliminary competitions are scheduled to run from June 20 through 22 with the final night of competition and crowning on June 23.

Competitions will begin at 8 p.m. at the Vicksburg Convention Center and tickets for all four nights are $125.

Tickets for both pageants are available by calling 601-638-6746 or visiting the Miss Mississippi Pageant 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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