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Miss Mississippi contestants arrive for 2018 competition

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VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Sunday 49 contestants arrived in Vicksburg who are hoping to win the title of Miss Mississippi 2018. They are also working to convince the panel of judges they are "Simply the Best" woman for the job of representing this state.

"Simply the Best" is the theme of this year's Miss Mississippi Pageant. Several contestants who came close last year are back to try again, like Holly Harrington, Miss Northland who was first runner-up in 2017.

"In 2016 I was third runner-up and last year was such an exciting year. I was named a preliminary swimsuit and preliminary talent winner and I finished first runner-up,” said Harrington.

"I think the biggest take away from my week in Vicksburg last year was being awarded the Quality of Life Finalist or Quality of Life winner for my platform, Let's All Dance," said Tanner Fant, Miss New South.

Miss North Central, Brooke Bullock told us, "I've been a part of the Miss America organization for 7 years," said Brooke Bullock, Miss North Central. "I started out as an Outstanding Teen at the age of 13, and I've progressed and come this far."

"Winning a preliminary my first year in swimsuit and that was just really an honor because I didn't expect it," said Asya Branch, Miss Tupelo. "I had worked hard but it was just an honor to receive that and then last year I did place in the Top 5."

Miss Mississippi contestants will compete in the swimwear competition this year. The Miss America Corporation has announced the category will be eliminated nationally.

"I don't believe that wearing a swimsuit on a stage is a prerequisite to be Miss Mississippi or to be Miss America," said Blair Wortsmith, MIss Vicksburg. "It's not something that defines your success in these roles."

Callie Brow, Miss Mississippi State University said, "You know no matter what changes about the pageant, overall it is about serving your state," said Callie Brow, Miss Mississippi State University.

The contestants are beginning the week with rehearsals and taping numbers for the pageant production. Monday evening the Parade of Contestants in downtown Vicksburg and Wednesday night they will take the stage for the first round of preliminary competition.

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