Downtown Lakeland businesses will host more than 30 Miss Florida pageant contestants during a Meet the Contestants event on Saturday, June 25, at 11 a.m. This is in conjunction with Merry Leon.
You can meet the contestants at these businesses:
- Nathan’s Men’s Store- Jasmin Martin, Florida Azalea; Savannah Judkins, Miss University of Florida
- Mitchell’s Coffee House- Austi Critchfield, St. Petersburg
- The Strand Hair Salon- Meagan Cartaya, City Beautiful
- Simple Vintage and Scout & Tag- Courtney Jones, Largo
- Lloyd’s of Lakeland Antiques- Katherine Archer, Coral Gables
- Parresol Jewelers- Kyra Freeman, University of Miami
- The Purple Onion- Danielle Ball, Palm Beach County
- Bebe Flow- Lexie George, South Florida
- Embroidery Mill & Boutique- Megan Price, Boca Raton
- Brooke Pottery- Kaitlyn Day, Broward County
- Traditions Unlimited- Katy Dionne, Ponte Vedra
- Jesse Carl Vinyl- Lerato Seane, River City
- Palace Pizza- Samantha Hyatt, Central Florida
- Molly McHugh’s Irish Pub- Katy Sartain, Florida Sunshine
- Chop Shop- Taylor Gonzalez, Ocala
- Just Dance- Stephanie Almeida, FIU
- Fresco’s- Taylor Pohl, Imperial Polk County
- Urban Appeal- Ashley Neubauer, Homestead
- Two Hens and a Hound- Abigail Cunnane, Manatee River
- Got Candy & More- Olivia Butler, Pasco County
- The Property Shoppe- Kayla Foriere, Miami Beach
- Black n Brew Coffee House & Bistro- Siobhan Gale, Heart of Florida
- Gaines Jewelers- Stephanie Capon, Florida Citrus
- Edwards-Macy Bridal- Taylor Tyson, Orange County; Anisa Kornegay, Pinellas County
- My Office and More- Sara Zeng, Nature Coast
- Divicious Deli & Coffee Shop- Shelby Bomford, South Florida Fair
- Silver Ring Café- Sidney Jalali, Manatee County
- Bella Visage Medical Rejuvenation- Glory Nix, Florida Hurricane
- Studio 323 Hair Salon- Brittany Johnson, Suncoast
- Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill- Morgan Boykin, Tampa; Victoria Humphrey, Winter Park
The City of Lakeland will proclaim June 29 as Miss Florida Pageant Day in a ceremony at 9 a.m. on June 29 at Lakeland City Hall to commemorate the 81st Annual Miss Florida Pageant and Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen Pageant, being held at The Lakeland Center’s Youkey Theatre June 28- July 2. All pageant contestants will be present, along with County Commissioner Todd Dantzler and additional city and county officials. Afterward, a group photo will be taken to celebrate the event.
The Miss Florida Pageant is a preliminary competition to the Miss America Pageant which is the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women and one of nation’s largest achievement programs. Forty-eight preliminary pageants have been held across the state since November, with the winners receiving a coveted invitation to compete for the Miss Florida Crown.
Tickets for the preliminary competitions and final rounds of the competition are available at The Lakeland Center Box Office. Call 863-834-8111 or 888-397-0100, or purchase online at www.thelakelandcenter.com.
Miss Florida Preliminary Competitions- June 28-30, 7:30 p.m.
Miss Florida Outstanding Teen Finals- July 2, 4 p.m.
Miss Florida Finals- July 2, 8 p.m.