Ladies take the stage for Miss Washington County Pageant

L-R: Mercy Jessop, Janessa Judkins (not competing), Megan Church, Kattie Rae Hart, Aubree Christensen, Danielle Harris, Morgan Bailey, Marlie Vivian (not competing), Teddi Cox and Mazie Ludlow, contestants for Miss Washington County 2014-2015, Washington County, Utah, circa June, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Karman Wilson, Miss Washington County pageant director, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – On Saturday night, eight women will sweep across the Desert Hills High School stage to show judges why they should represent Washington County at Miss Utah 2015.  The current Miss Washington County,  McCall Spears, will hand her crown to the winner of the Miss Washington County Pageant for the 2014-15 year.

Miss Washington County was established in 1951 and has been a preliminary pageant for Miss Utah for the past 60 years. The winner of Miss Utah will go on to compete in the Miss America Pageant.

Every contestant is required to have a platform – an initiative or organization the contestant will promote throughout her reign. Spears was heavily involved in the anti-texting and driving campaign “Heads Up, Thumbs Up,” which was adopted by the City of St. George in November 2013 to help residents gain awareness of the dangers of texting while driving.

The Washington County Fair is the main sponsor for the Miss Washington County Pageant, providing at least $2,000 in scholarships and awards.

There are multiple requirements that Miss Washington County contenders must meet. They must be residents of Washington County, be of age 17-23, have goals for higher education, and represent the county in service projects.

Contestants are judged in five categories. Before the pageant, each contestant has a 10-minute interview with the five judges overseeing the competition. The contestants then present themselves onstage for four competition rounds, including swimwear, evening gown, talent and an onstage question. The five judges  – two from Arizona, two from Salt Lake City and one from Washington County – will calculate scores and critique the contestants’ onstage presence. Karlie Major, recently crowned Miss Utah, will be in attendance at the pageant.

The pageant will be held at Desert Hills High School, 828 E. Desert Hills Drive, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students, seniors and children 12 years and younger.

Ed. CORRECTION: The pageant is June 28, not June 27 as originally stated under Event Details below.

Event details

  • When: Saturday, June 28, 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Desert Hills High School, 828 E. Desert Hills Dr., St. George
  • Admission: Adults $5; seniors, students, kids 12 and younger $3
  • Contact: Miss Washington County Facebook page

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  • White Pageant June 28, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Wondering if this is a white girls only pageant? Surely there are girls, non-caucasian, who are worthy of competing in these contests. Yet, what is the selection committee’s criteria, that they must be white and delightful? BTW, that cuffed pants look needs to go away, and red healed shoes with skinny jeans is a fashion faux pas.

    • Steve June 28, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      So what is the difference in other states that have more blacks or Hispanics?How many white girls would you see in a Compton Ca.Pageant? How many white boys will would you see on their basketball team? Use common sense if you have any.

      • WHITE PAGEANT June 29, 2014 at 1:35 pm

        DCU basketball team is mostly white. Hey, remember those traditions of slave captures and auctions?

    • BB June 28, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      One of the girlsbis Hispanic. ..just so you know.

    • Mean momma June 29, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      Look out girls! The fashion police is here!

  • Mark June 28, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I was thinking the same thing, also can a non LDS participate?

  • Honnaha Litenski June 28, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Can you imagine being the person who put the first response on this page, you have to wake up look in the mirror and say to yourself, I am a failure, nobody loves me, I’m unintelligent, irrelevant to man kind, I’m simpleminded and shortsighted, I’m a racist that doesn’t belong, then have to make a choice do I do my self in or just live as a failure .Finally deciding to be a failure, then contemplate how to degrade anyone else to make yourself feel better. If this person was married I’m sure their partner is tired of them. If they have children the children have to be embarrassed. And if neither of the last are true then they have also raised incompetent kids. This person also needs to know they have criteria to meet to be in this pageant in which you can tell they never achieved in their life therefore they still have to watch from the audience. People of this intellect have lived on the earth before and when they become the norm they will be removed as with the people of Noah, Soddom and Gomorrah. But as for now we try to help these people become something better. Of course this is because we love them.

    • WHITE PAGEANT June 29, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Any breast augmentation or any other surgical cosmetic enhancement should be an automatic dismissal from the contest. And Honnaha, really, you think pageants and other contests in St George do not have a element of discrimination against people? Wow! Your head must be deeply entrenched if you think everything here is fair and equally balanced.

    • Richard June 29, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      Thanks for your bio!

  • BB June 28, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Girls is*

  • Chuck June 28, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Cracker as s cracker

  • DD June 29, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Are you kidding? Everyone knows the bias that exists in St George, the system of picking and choosing based on one’s standing in their ward over others. This organizational discrimination probably exists in so many facets of life in St George that it seems normal. Victims of this systematic organizational discrimination can surely attest to its existence.

  • Love DD June 29, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Nothing’s fair in life, you don’t take care of your lawn weeds start growing, if you don’t brush your teeth your breath stinks, you don’t bath you stink. Just keep in mind every dark night is removed by the light. I hope all these good people that don’t fit in will cling to the light even if they’re dark inside.

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