Miss Florida pageant returns to St. Petersburg next week

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For the eight year, St. Petersburg will host the Miss Florida Pageant when 43 contestants arrive on July 1 to begin a week of competition and appearances that will conclude with the crowning of Miss Florida 2012 on Saturday, July 7 at the Mahaffey Theater. Over $50,000.00 in cash scholarships are being awarded to this year’s Class of 2012.

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.”

On Tuesday, July 3, 33 contestants vying for Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen will arrive to begin their quest to capture the 2012 Teen title and compete for Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in August, 2012. Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen 2011, Elizabeth Fechtel, won more than $30,000 in college scholarships and also won the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2012 on August 20, 2011 in Orlando.

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.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.