Talented, beautiful, and intelligent ladies filled Lauderdale County Sunday afternoon in preparation for Mississippi's Junior Miss. Registration and orientation kicked off the week long events.
"We do this just to basically put the girls at ease and kind of give them an idea of what the weeks going to be like, what their schedules going to be like, and what type of events we are going to go and do for them," explains Sid Wilkinson, the Annual Program Chairman for Mississippi Junior Miss.
38 ambitious young ladies are competing this year for the coveted title of 2011 Mississippi Junior Miss. The girls came to Meridian from different counties, cities, and other entities from across the Magnolia State.
Bonnie Blue Dulaney is one of the girls competing. She is Lauderdale County's junior miss this year. Taylor Townsend is another young lady going for the title. She is representing Rankin County.
Both of the girls say they are extremely honored to be in the running. They both are looking forward to meeting the other contestants.
"It's just incredible being here because, honestly, all of these girls are winners and to be among 38 girls that have come this far and worked this hard to be where they are, it is truly a gift to be here and to represent my county and all of the great things that we have," describes Bonnie Blue Dulaney.
"I am so excited about this week. I'm nervous, but really anxious to get to meet the girls and become apart of the Junior Miss sisterhood," exclaims Taylor Townsend.
Even with butterflies in their stomachs, the girls plan to work hard throughout the next few days. They plan to make the entire week a true learning experience.
"I am number one looking forward to meeting all of the girls and becoming apart of the Junior Miss Sisterhood that I've heard about. I've heard it's an amazing week. And we grow, so I'm excited to see that growth within me, but also the other girls as well," says Townsend.
The first preliminary competition is Thursday, July 22nd at Meridian's Temple Theater. That starts at 7:30p.m. The second preliminary is Friday, July 23rd. That is also at Meridian's Temple Theater starting at 7:30p.m. The 2011 Mississippi Junior Miss will be crowned Saturday, July 24th. The competition starts at 8 in the evening.