ST. GEORGE – On Saturday night, eight women will sweep across the Desert Hills High School stage to show judges why they should represent Washington County at Miss Utah 2015. The current Miss Washington County, McCall Spears, will hand her crown to the winner of the Miss Washington County Pageant for the 2014-15 year.
Miss Washington County was established in 1951 and has been a preliminary pageant for Miss Utah for the past 60 years. The winner of Miss Utah will go on to compete in the Miss America Pageant.
Every contestant is required to have a platform – an initiative or organization the contestant will promote throughout her reign. Spears was heavily involved in the anti-texting and driving campaign “Heads Up, Thumbs Up,” which was adopted by the City of St. George in November 2013 to help residents gain awareness of the dangers of texting while driving.
The Washington County Fair is the main sponsor for the Miss Washington County Pageant, providing at least $2,000 in scholarships and awards.
There are multiple requirements that Miss Washington County contenders must meet. They must be residents of Washington County, be of age 17-23, have goals for higher education, and represent the county in service projects.
Contestants are judged in five categories. Before the pageant, each contestant has a 10-minute interview with the five judges overseeing the competition. The contestants then present themselves onstage for four competition rounds, including swimwear, evening gown, talent and an onstage question. The five judges – two from Arizona, two from Salt Lake City and one from Washington County – will calculate scores and critique the contestants’ onstage presence. Karlie Major, recently crowned Miss Utah, will be in attendance at the pageant.
The pageant will be held at Desert Hills High School, 828 E. Desert Hills Drive, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students, seniors and children 12 years and younger.
Ed. CORRECTION: The pageant is June 28, not June 27 as originally stated under Event Details below.
- When: Saturday, June 28, 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Desert Hills High School, 828 E. Desert Hills Dr., St. George
- Admission: Adults $5; seniors, students, kids 12 and younger $3
- Contact: Miss Washington County Facebook page
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