Independence Day will not be the only cause for celebration this Saturday.
For one Kentucky woman, a pageant crown will light up her night.
The final night of the Miss Kentucky 2015 pageant scholarship competition will be held at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts on July Fourth, when people traditionally take in fireworks displays and other holiday festivities.
Holding the pageant on the Fourth of July is rare; although, it has occurred in the past, said Justin Rains, vice president of the Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization. He says this year it was unavoidable.
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"We normally try to avoid the holiday weekend, but due to Miss America being held earlier in September and scheduling conflicts with our facilities that we use at Singletary Center and the Hyatt Regency, this was the only weekend available that would work in order to make sure our winner has ample time to prepare for the national pageant," Rains said.
Upon realizing Independence Day was the only option, Rains said the Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization quickly informed the public so arrangements could be made among volunteers and potential audience members.
"We realize that many people have commitments and may not be able to attend this year," Rains said. "But we are pleased that there should be a good number of supporters attending to cheer on this year's 31 contestants from across the state, each of whom will be receiving scholarships for her participation."
The 2015 Miss Kentucky will be crowned about 9 p.m. Tickets are still available at $65 each for the final night by calling (859) 257-4929, or tickets can be purchased at the door.