Saturday marked an exciting day when it comes to Meridian traditions. The Annual Jimmie Rodgers Pageant brought out the beauties with the brains of the city.
Seventeen girls competed Saturday in four different age groups. This is the third year for the pageant. Cathy Monsour is the chair of the Jimmie Rodgers Pageant. She says the main purpose of the pageant is to inform younger generations about Jimmie Rodgers.
"Some of these kids are very knowledgeable about Jimmie Rodgers and that's our ultimate goal is to get them interested because they are the next generation that will carry on when the board members get older like me, they'll know something about Jimmie Rodgers and carry on the tradition," says Monsour.
News Center Eleven was right there when all of the winners were announced. We had the chance to talk to each of them about how it felt to win.
"It feels really good and proud because i was so nervous, but then it just all worked out at the end," says Baleigh Stephens, the 11-14-year old winner.
"Happy. 'You feel happy, why do you feel happy?' Because I won a trophy and flowers," answers Lakelynn Lewis, the 4-6-year old winner.
"It feels really good to represent somebody who was so famous and made country music and came from Meridian, Mississippi and all that," cheers Jordan Threatt, the 15-17-year old winner.
"I felt really surprised because all of the other girls did really good," exclaims Hannah Chisolm, the 7-10-year old winner.
WTOK is a proud sponsor of the pageant. Here is a complete list of the winners:
AGE GROUP 4-6
WINNER: LAKELYNN ELYSE LEWIS
1ST Runner up: Mckenna Brown
2nd Runner up: Emme Leigh Boman
3rd Runner up: Savannah Robinson
4th Runner up: Mirsaedez Tullier
AGE GROUP 7-10
WINNER: Hannah Claire Chisolm
1st Runner up: Amber Fant
2nd Runner up: Olivia Randall
3rd Runner up: Landry Jones
4th Runner up: Caitlyn Hughes
AGE GROUP 11-14
WINNER: BAILEIGH STEPHENS
1st Runner up: Stephanie Jeronymo
2nd Runner up: Hannah Eubanks
3rd Runner up: Angel Killen
AGE GROUP 15-17
WINNER: JORDAN THREATT
1ST Runner up: Courtney Howren