Miss SD Competition
For the past year, Loren Vaillancourt, this past year's Miss South Dakota, has been working hard across the state to get her message on texting and driving across.
Now the time has come for her to pass the torch onto somebody else, someone equally as worthy of the prestigious title.
The talents have been practiced, the dresses have been fitted, and, now, it’s show time.
Vaillancourt says, "They look awesome. We have a lot of great groups of representatives from around the state."
Fourteen representatives, all hungry for the title of Miss South Dakota.
Kristi Richter, the executive director, says, “We really have a true Broadway style show that we are going to be putting on."
A show that, for a lot of these girls, is something they've been preparing for all year.
Vaillancourt says, "These girls work really hard all year long. This program is so fantastic, because you really see a growth within all of the ladies as they compete, as they get more comfortable speaking in front of people in the interview process, but also the scholarship dollars that are associated with this."
But it's not all fun.
According to Richter, "These girls in the Miss America Organization really are expected, and do a lot of community service. This is the part where they are able to showcase their talent. But the work for them is year round."
Work culminating into one weekend of interviews, talent displays, and lots of pressure. But the current Miss South Dakota says they're ready.
Vaillancourt says, "We have some great girls, and I would be happy if any of them win to represent our state, because they are all fantastic."
Miss South Dakota will be held in Hot Springs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the Meuller Center.
Also Saturday at 1:30 in the afternoon, the Meuller Center will hold the teen competition.