When the stage lights go up July 16-17 in Kennewick High School's Art Fuller Auditorium, 20 local ladies will be hoping to dazzle the judges to become the next Miss Tri-Cities and Miss Outstanding Teen Tri-Cities.
It's the 50th anniversary of the scholarship program and several former Miss Tri-Cities are expected to attend.
"It's a very special year for us, and we're really looking forward to it," said Dot Stewart, pageant executive director.
Emcees for the Miss Tri-Cities event July 17 will be former pageant winners Kippy Lou Brinkman (1962) and Kristen Blair (2005).
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There also are 10 teens competing for the title of Miss Tri-Cities Outstanding Teen on July 16.
That program will be emceed by former Miss Tri-Cities winners Charlotte Smith Shores (2006) and Kyna Harris (2008).
Both events begin at 7 p.m. at Art Fuller Auditorium, 500 S. Dayton St., in Kennewick.
Cost is $15 for Friday, $20 for Saturday or $25 for both nights. Tickets are available at JD's Time Center in Kennewick, at the door or by calling 539-3252.
This year's Miss Tri-Cities contestants are: Cassandra Dicken, 18, who will sing Time to Say Goodbye; Erica Rodarte, 20, who will perform a jazz dance; Leah Falnary, 20, who will sing Good Morning Baltimore; Deidra Stands, 23, who will perform a Tahitian dance; Adrienne Bousquet, 19, who will sing the jazz piece Can I Steal A Little Love; Kaelin Price, 21, who will sing and play guitar to Stay; Kristen Henize, 18, who will perform a monologue of St. Joan; Christina Cummings, 18, who will sing Change; Mary Freepons, 18, who will perform a comedic monologue titled Marching Band Blues; and Shivyon Senekham, 22, will play the acoustic guitar number Here Comes The Sun.
The teen candidates are: Nicole Renard, 15, will perform the lyrical dance number Firefly; Taylor Gordon, 15, will sing and dance to Cheek to Cheek; Wynteria Lyons, 15, will perform We Go Together on baritone sax; Kelsey Forman, 14, will sing Popular; Janae Calaway, 15, will do a jazz dance to Don't Rain on My Parade; Tayler Plunkett, 13, will sing a classical piece, The Water is Wide; Courtney Pestonich, 16, will perform a lyrical dance Vanilla Twilight; Kara Schmidt, 13, will sing a country song by Tim McGraw; Ansley Gerhard, 15, will perform a monologue from Alice in Wonderland; and Kristen Carpenter, 15, will sing At Last.