Meet the Miss Florida Pageant Contestants This Weekend

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

2016 Miss Florida Pageant Schedule of Events:Miss-Florida-Scholarship-Pageant-at-The-Lakeland-Center-in-Lakeland-Central-Florida

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.