St. Petersburg to host Miss Florida competition this weekend

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Fifty young women from across the Sunshine State will cross the glamour stage in St. Petersburg to compete for the Miss Florida crown during Miss Florida 2014 Viva La Diva.

One young woman will be crowned Miss Florida, following a week of public appearances, rehearsals and preliminary competitions culminating in a spectacle at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 14 at the Mahaffey Theater. The Las Vegas-style stage production, inspired by the music of Elvis Presley, celebrates ten years of Miss Florida pageant in St. Petersburg.

In addition to the show, there are five preliminary competitions open to the public: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, June 17-19, at 7:30 p.m., and two preliminaries on Friday, June 20, at 4 and 8 p.m.

After being crowned on June 21 by Myrrhanda Jones, Miss Florida 2013, the new Miss Florida title will represent the Sunshine State at the 2015 Miss America Pageant in September. Jones was the third runner-up in the 2014 Miss America Pageant after a severe injury in a mishap during talent rehearsals. Her enthusiastic performance in the preliminary talent competition, despite her painful injury forcing her to compete wearing a bedazzled knee brace, earned her the preliminary talent award.

On Wednesday June 18, 39 contestants will vie for the title of Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen arriving in St. Petersburg for rehearsals and preliminary competition before Saturday’s 4 p.m. finals, also at the Mahaffey Theater.

Crowning the teen winner is Leah Sykes, Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen 2013, and she will be the second Florida contestant to win the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in the past three years. Also appearing in Saturday’s pageant finals are 90 Sunshine Princes and Princesses, selected and mentored by each local titleholder during their reign.

Tickets for both the Miss Florida and Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen preliminaries and pageant finals are on sale now at the Mahaffey Theater Box Office in St. Petersburg at (727) 892-5767.

For information about the Miss Florida 2014 pageant, contact Mary Sullivan at (305) 905-2213 or Mary@missflorida.org or visit www.missflorida.org.

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.