It’s possible you could be watching the next Miss America on Feb. 15 on the Osceola County Fair’s main stage.
The Miss Osceola competition takes place at 7 p.m., and you’ll be able to watch the evening gown, on-stage questions, talent and social impact initiative portions live as the fair goes on around it.
There’s currently a small field signed up, and those who would like to compete — it’s open to 17-year-old high school seniors up to 25-year-old ladies — have until Feb. 6 to submit their paperwork.
The top three finalists receive $500, $750 or $1,500 scholarships, and the winner qualifies for the Miss Florida pageant. The lucky lady crowned Miss Florida will then compete for the coveted title of Miss America in December.
The winner will also represent the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show and the Osceola County Fair along with the community at Miss Florida competition, and make appearances in community, raising awareness for their social impact initiative.
Morgan Boykin, Miss Osceola in 2017, said these scholarship competitions now break the stereotype of beauty pageants of the past.
“You must be well-composed, perform your talent, and know current events,” she said. “There’s far more to it than the pretty-girl beauty queen.”
Realizing the need for educational assistance, KVLS aligned themselves with the Miss America Organization, the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women.
Those who still want to get into the competition must send a packet to the committee (email and firstname.lastname@example.org) with: a headshot, resume, phone number, Platform Statement, talent track (if applicable to your talent, a 90-second mp3 or m4a file) and a declaration if this is your first MAO competition.
A $100 sponsorship check, which goes directly to the scholarship program, must be mailed to KVLS (made out to Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show and Fair, Inc., 1911 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee, Florida 34744) and received by Feb. 6.