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Starkville Miss Hospitality pageant accepting entries


Tim Pratt



The Greater Starkville Development Partnership is now accepting entries for Starkville''s 2011 Miss Hospitality Pageant.  


The winner of the pageant, set to take place March 26 at 3 p.m. in the GSDP Welcome Center, will qualify for the Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant in Hattiesburg this July. The Starkville pageant will include an interview competition and a little black dress/commercial competition.  


Contestants must be between the ages of 18 and 24 on the day of the pageant, hail from Starkville or Oktibbeha County and reside in Mississippi. Pageant participants also must be a high school graduate who attends or plans to attend college, and cannot have children or have ever been married. 


Additionally, contestants must have at least a 2.5 grade point average for their last completed semester and a transcript must be provided. Young women who have entered the state pageant previously are not eligible to participate again.  


The mission of the Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant is to identify, honor and then utilize young women as promoters of tourism and economic development. Winners of the 62-year-old pageant serve as the state''s goodwill ambassador.  


"I am excited about the Miss Hospitality 2011 pageant," said Tasha Hill, special events coordinator at the GSDP. "We have two wonderful ladies leading the way to another successful pageant this year. Mrs. Peggy Buckley and Mrs. Vicki Burnett are the heart and soul behind this pageant. We are truly grateful and honored to have their expertise on board." 


Women interested in participating can pick up applications at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership Welcome Center, located at the corner of Main Street and South Lafayette Street in downtown Starkville. For more information, contact Hill at [email protected] or call 662-323-3322.




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