LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Miss Arkansas pageant has moved away from Hot Springs this year and is getting underway in downtown Little Rock.
It's the 80th anniversary of the beauty and scholarship contest and will be held inside the newly-renovated Robinson Center.
Forty-four of the state’s best and brightest young women are competing for the title of Miss Arkansas 2017 and the chance to represent the Natural State at Miss America in Atlantic City this September. Savvy Shields was crowned Miss Arkansas last year and went on to win the Miss America pageant. Her first runner-up Savannah Skidmore was then crowned Miss Arkansas 2016. Click here for more on the 2017 contestants..
At the end of the week-long competition, the winner will receive a $30,000 scholarship, the largest in the pageant’s 80-year history, plus over $75,000 in prizes. This year contestants will receive over $167,000 in scholarships. Each contestant will receive a $400 scholarship just for competing.
To kick off pageant week, the Official Arrival Ceremony was held Saturday at the Arkansas State Capitol.
For the first time in the pageant’s history, the Miss Arkansas Pageant is being held jointly with the Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen Pageant, which features 34 contestants. The teens are competing for nearly $24,000 in scholarships and the chance to represent Arkansas in the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant in Orlando later this summer.
Preliminary competition will be June 13-15 with the finals for Miss Arkansas on Saturday, June 17 and the finals for Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen on Friday, June 16.
A Miss Arkansas contestant parade will begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, traveling down Center St. to the Old State House Convention Center. Click here for the parade route.
Click here for pageant ticket information.
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