Candidates from across Tennessee will be hoping to earn the most votes from the judges on Sunday when they compete at the expanded 2013 Scenic City Pageants at Chattanooga State.
Advance sales for the $15 admission armbands will begin at 9:30 a.m. at The Humanities Theatre as pageant organizers are anticipating a near capacity crowd for the 4 pm event which will also serve as a homecoming for Chandler Lawson who became the first Miss Chattanooga in 64 years to be crowned Miss Tennessee in June.
Miss Lawson will not only be crowning her Miss Chattanooga successor, she will co-emcee the pageant with Jamie Watkins Davenport, the Soddy Daisy native who was the first Scenic City representative to win the Miss Tennessee crown in 2003. The Scenic City franchise, which is the largest multi-title local in the Miss Tennessee system, has produced four state winners since its inception in 2002 – Miss Lawson, Mrs. Davenport, Blaire Pancake in 2006 and Ellen Carrington Shelton in 2009.
The contestants vying for the titles of Misses Chattanooga, Metropolitan, Scenic City and Tennessee Valley will be announced on Sunday as well as the lineup for the revived Scenic City’s and Tennessee Valley’s Outstanding Teen and Teen Princess competitions.
Vocalists Kyndall Covington, who has been a Scenic City titleholder and the Miss Tennessee fourth-runner up the last two years and Miss Metropolitan and top 10 finalist Ashley Sizemore as well as Miss Lawson will be performing before they relinquish their titles. .
Mishana Paris Peters, a popular local vocalist and educator, will also be among the entertainers.
The eight new titleholders will receive scholarships and will advance to the state finals. The Teen winners will compete in March and the Miss titleholders in June.
The Scenic City Pageants has a fan page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.160602843970000.31274.160522520644699&type=3#!/ScenicCityPageants as well as a Twitter account at https://twitter.com/SCPageantsTNMAO.