(SD)-Miss SD, Miss SD Outstanding Teen Pageants Begin Tonight In Brookings
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - The 73rd Miss South Dakota Pageant is getting underway at South Dakota State University in Brookings. Preliminary rounds are tonight and tomorrow with the finals on Saturday.
Hot Springs had hosted the pageant every year since the event began, but did not submit a proposal when the Miss South Dakota organization decided two years ago to seek bids from interested host cities.
The theme this year is "Believe!" with 16 contestants vying for the title, at least $9,500 in scholarship money, and the chance to represent South Dakota this September in the Miss America Pageant.
Talent accounts for half of the judges' points with the private interview with judges worth 20% and both the on-stage interview and evening wear/social impact both at 15%. The swimsuit contest is no longer part of the Miss America program.
The public has a chance to vote online for a "Fan Favorite." Proceeds of the $1 per vote fee will provide scholarships through the Miss SD Scholarship Foundation while the contestant with the most votes will receive a $500 cash prize. Vote at: https://www.misssd.org.
The Miss South Dakota's Outstanding Teen is also today and tomorrow at SDSU in conjunction with the Miss pageant. There are 13 Outstanding Teen contestants this year.
: Individual contestant photos from both pageants are available to download at: http://bit.ly/MissSD2019
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