The contestants kick off the week on Sunday, July 1 by attending a Tampa Bay Ray’s baseball game with the Detroit Tigers at Tropicana Field. Miss Florida 2011 Kristina Janolo, who was a Top 12 finisher in the most recent Miss America pageant, will perform the National Anthem.
“We are thrilled to return to our host city for a great week of pageantry. The City of St. Petersburg has embraced our organization and is the perfect complement to our 2012 pageant theme, Red Hot & Blue,” said Mary Sullivan, Executive Director of the Miss Florida Pageant. “Our first class venue combined with the area’s many attractions will delight the families, directors, volunteers, and supporters who will be in town to support their favorite contestants. One of these young ladies will become Miss Florida 2012 and quite possibly, Miss America 2013.”
The Miss Florida and Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen Pageant competitions will take place at the Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater. Preliminary competition will be held on July 4-6 and the Pageant Finals are on Saturday, July 7.