Thirty-one contestants representing local scholarship pageants from across the state will vie for the title of Miss Kentucky 2015, and this year one of the semifinalists will be determined by the public, rather than the panel of judges.
The pageant will be held at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts July 2-4. The final night of competition will end with the crowning of the new Miss Kentucky. Tickets for the preliminaries and final competition are available by calling (859) 257-4929 or by visiting Singletarycenter.com. Preliminary night tickets are $35 each and tickets for the final night are $65 each.
More than $41,000 in cash scholarships will be awarded to contestants in addition to numerous prizes and in-kind scholarships to various colleges and universities. The winner will represent Kentucky in the Miss America Pageant, on Sept. 13 in Atlantic City.
Supporters can vote for their favorite contestant by going to Misskentuckypageant.com, and using a credit card or PayPal account. Each vote costs $1 each. The contestant with the most votes will be named "Kentucky's Choice" and will become one of the 13 semifinalists. All proceeds will benefit the Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization.
Voting ends July 3 at 9 p.m.
For more information about the Miss Kentucky Pageant, go to Misskentuckypageant.com.
■ Miss Belle of Louisville is Morgan Nicole P'Pool, age 19, from Madisonville.
■ Miss Berea Area is Brook Billings, age 17, from Stanton.
■ Miss Bluegrass Area is Abigail Stanley, age 19, from Grayson.
■ Miss Bowling Green is Melissa Cox, age 22, from Roselle, Ill.
■ Miss Capital City is Susanna Leigh White, age 20, from Lexington.
■ Miss Cardinal Country is Kyle Nicole Hornback, age 19, from Louisville.
■ Miss Carrollton is Dakoda Trenary, age 22, from Owenton.
■ Miss Commonwealth is Larkin Walker, age 22, from Lexington.
■ Miss Cumberland Falls is Hayley Abbott, age 19, from Corbin.
■ Miss Fayette County is Cynthia Marie Thomas, age 22, from Maysville.
■ Miss Frankfort is Susan Ahmadi, age 24, from Morehead.
■ Miss Grayson is Wesley Ware, age 22, from Louisville.
■ Miss Heart of the Bluegrass is Lydia Blaise Allen, age 20, from Covington.
■ Miss Heart of the Parks is Erica Moore, age 24, from Pleasureville.
■ Miss Heartland is Erynn Reed Landherr, age 19, from Louisville.
■ Miss Horse Capital of the World is Clark Janell Davis, age 17, from Lexington.
■ Miss Jefferson County is Claire Anne Butler, age 22, from Louisville.
■ Miss Lexington is Hope LeMaster, age 20, from Belfry.
■ Miss Lexington Legends is Georgia Gardner, age 20, from Madisonville.
■ Miss Magoffin County is Laura Rose Castle, age 18, from Paintsville.
■ Miss Mammoth Cave Area is Talia Horn, age 19, from Harrodsburg.
■ Miss Metro Louisville is Hannah Estes, age 20, from Buckner.
■ Miss Monticello is Madison McCowan, age 23, from London.
■ Miss Ohio Valley is Haley Wheeler, age 17, from Clay City.
■ Miss Renfro Valley Area is Taryn Wise, age 23, from Louisville.
■ Miss Richmond Area is Alyssa Robb, age 21, from Louisville.
■ Miss River Valley is Sarah Cocanougher, age 20, from Springfield.
■ Miss Somerset is Tyra Sengkhamyong, age 18, from Liberty.
■ Miss Somerset Community College is Shelby Morgan, age 19, from Eubank.
■ Miss Southeast Kentucky is Lauren Bohl, age 19, from Barbourville.
■ Miss University of Louisville is Natalie Johnson, age 20, from Louisville.