Miss Florida Contestants Descend Upon Downtown for a Meet & Greet

If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to enter a pageant in the Miss America system, here’s your opportunity.

Miss Florida 2016 Courtney Sexton.

The Downtown Lakeland Partnership, Visit Central Florida and the Miss Florida Scholarship Pageant present a Meet & Greet with the Class of 2017 Miss Florida contestants on Saturday, June 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at shops and restaurants throughout Downtown Lakeland.

This is your opportunity to meet the women competing to be crowned Miss Florida on July 1 at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland. Miss Florida will go on to compete in the Miss America Competition in Atlantic City on Sept. 10.

Come downtown to get autographs and your photo taken with the contestants. Here’s a rundown of where you can see the contestants:

  • Brooke Pottery- Miss Apopka, Miss Boca Raton
  • Edwards-Macy Bridal- Miss Imperial Polk County, Miss Suncoast
  • Amelia Paige Boutique & Embroidery- Miss South Florida Fair, Miss Gold Coast
  • Scout & Tag- Miss St. Augustine
  • Rafa Natural- Miss Florida International University
  • Stationery Loft & Gift Boutique- Miss Miami Beach, Miss Palm Beach County
  • Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill- Miss Kissimmee, Miss Pinellas County, Miss Pasco County Fair, Miss South Florida, Miss Manatee River, Miss Fort Lauderdale
  • Bella Visage Medical & Aesthetic Rejuvenation- Miss Heart of Florida, Miss Florida Everglades
  • Top Buttons- Miss Gainesville, Miss Largo
  • Nathan’s Men’s Store- Miss University of Florida, Miss Florida Citrus, Miss Manatee County
  • Two Hens & A Hound- Miss Central Florida
  • Got Candy & More- Miss Desoto Heritage
  • Traditions Unlimited- Miss Daytona Beach, Miss University of Miami
  • Palace Pizza- Miss Ocala, Miss Ponte Vedra
  • Just Dance- Miss Coral Gables, Miss University of Central Florida
  • Mitchells Coffee House- Miss City Beautiful, Miss Winter Park
  • Explorations V Children’s Museum- Miss Homestead, Miss Florida Azalea, Miss St. Petersburg
  • Black & Brew Coffee House and Bistro- Miss Miami, Miss Jacksonville
  • My Office & More- Miss Tampa, Miss Orange County, Miss Orlando
  • Urban Appeal- Miss River City, Miss Broward County
  • Escapology Lakeland- Miss Osceola, Miss Pasco County
  • Divicious Deli- Miss Miami-Dade

My Office & More will host a free panel discussion at 11:30 a.m. about what it takes to be a pageant contestant and what life is like as a crown holder. My Office & More is located at 122 E. Main St.