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:
















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.