Road to Miss America: Miss Utah gets hometown send-off

ST. GEORGE – St. George community members attended a special send-off celebration at Dixie State University in St. George Saturday afternoon to give Dixie State’s very own Krissia Beatty one last cheer before she heads off to compete in the Miss America Pageant, which airs Sept. 13 on ABC stations nationwide.

A send-off celebration is hosted for Miss Utah Krissia Beatty, who will soon participate in the Miss America Pageant, Aug. 22, 2015 | Photo by Kassi Gillette, St. George News
A send-off celebration is hosted for Miss Utah Krissia Beatty, who will soon participate in the Miss America Pageant, Aug. 22, 2015 | Photo by Kassi Gillette, St. George News

Proud parents Del and Kimberly Beatty emceed the event at the Gardner Center Ballroom at DSU. Miss Utah was surrounded by friends, family members and mentors for one last celebration before she leaves Aug. 30 to embark on her Miss America journey in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Krissia Beatty has been enjoying representing Utah at multiple events since she was crowned Miss Utah in June. Saturday morning, she emceed a fashion show for young girls at the Red Cliffs Mall in St. George.

She also recently had the opportunity to spend time with the other Miss America contestants in Florida.

At Saturday night’s DSU event, Krissia Beatty showcased her elegant gowns and outfits, which will be worn throughout the Miss America competition. Most of the clothes were specifically tailored for her.

Miss Utah Krissia Beatty emcees a fashion show at Red Cliffs Mall, St. George, Utah, Aug. 22, 2015 | Photo by Kassi Gillette, St. George News
Miss Utah Krissia Beatty emcees a fashion show at Red Cliffs Mall, St. George, Utah, Aug. 22, 2015 | Photo by Kassi Gillette, St. George News

As part of this special pageant preview, Miss Utah was interviewed by a mock panel about her platform of healthy living, followed by inquiries about current political issues. She then showcased her musical skills with a piano performance for the audience.

Of the top 15 contestants in the Miss America competition, 14 girls will be chosen by the celebrity judges, and one will be voted in by America.

“It is always good to have a backup plan,” Kimberly Beatty said.

Attendees were urged to spread the word about voting for Miss Utah on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #MissAmericaVote and including the word “Utah.”

The Miss America preliminaries will take place Sept. 8-10, and the final night of the pageant will be aired live Sept. 13 on ABC.

Written by Kassi Gillette, St. George News

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