LEXINGTON – Thirty contestants representing local scholarship pageants from across the state will be vying for the title of Miss Kentucky 2016. Among the 30 contestants will be Kathleen Smith of Prestonsburg.
Crowned Miss Magoffin County at the local preliminary held in Salyersville in September, Smith is the 23-year-old daughter of Tom and Robin Smith. She attends the University of Kentucky where she is majoring in Mining Engineering with plans to manage her own mining company. Smith’s platform issue is “Memories Through Melodies” – a ministry to victims of Alzheimer’s Disease. Her talent presentation will be a vocal performance.
The prestigious pageant will be held at the Singletary Center for the Arts on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Preliminary competitions will be held Thursday (June 30) and Friday (July 1) starting at 7 p.m. each day. The final night of competition culminating with the crowning of the new Miss Kentucky will be on Saturday (July 2) starting at 6 p.m. (EST).
Tickets for the preliminaries and final competition are available by calling the Singletary Center Box Office at 859-257-4929 or visiting www.singletarycenter.com. Preliminary night tickets are $35 per night and tickets for the final night are $65.
Over $45,000 in cash scholarships will be awarded to contestants in addition to numerous prizes and over one million dollars will be awarded as in-kind scholarships to various colleges and universities. The winner will also represent Kentucky in the Miss America Pageant which will be broadcast live on ABC on Sunday, Sept. 11 from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The new Miss Kentucky will also speak in schools across the state on behalf of the Kentucky Proud program for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, promoting the importance of supporting and purchasing products grown and manufactured in Kentucky.
For more information about the Miss Kentucky Pageant, visit www.misskentuckypageant.com.