KENNEWICK — Three just might be Jerrica Fowler's lucky number.
When the current Miss Tri-Cities competes for the title of Miss Washington in July, it will be her third pageant.
Her first pageant was in 2008, also the Miss Tri-Cities competition. She was named second runner-up, or third place.
That's not all. There's another number three that could influence the outcome of this Miss Washington Pageant. Only two other Miss Tri-Cities have gone on to become Miss Washington -- Amanda Beers Cramer in 2002 and Kristine Weitz in 1981.
"We're due," said the 21-year-old who was crowned July 19, 2009.
The Miss Washington Pageant will be held at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien beginning at 7 p.m. on July 9-10.
Earlier this week, Fowler said so far she "just feels excitement. I've not hit the nerves yet and I hope I don't."
What's helping keep her mind off the upcoming state pageant is working with this year's Miss Tri-Cities and Miss Tri-Cities Outstanding Teen contestants as they prepare for their pageants on July 17.
"Who knows, the new Miss Tri-Cities may be crowned by Miss Washington," she said.
In the meantime it's all "practice, practice, and when you're sick of it, practice some more," she said. "And I spend a lot of time at the gym."
For her talent, Fowler will play Midnight Rhapsody, a classic piano solo by Melody Bober. It's the same piece she played for the Miss Tri-Cities pageant, only revamped and given a new feel with the help of Tri-City pianist Steve Haberman.
Between practicing, attending Washington State University Tri-Cities full time and working part time at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Fowler's put in about 600 hours this year making appearances as Miss Tri-Cities.
She's also been working with youth groups in the Tri-Cities including the Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA.
As a member of the Tri-Cities Industries Kiwanis, she put together a fundraiser in April for Kadlec Regional Medical Center's new pediatric center called Bowl For Kids, raising $3,500.
"It's been a roller coaster year with lots of ups and downs," Fowler said. "I've enjoyed meeting different people from kids 5 years and younger to senior citizens, grass roots citizens to professionals. Every day has been a different experience.
"I know it sounds corny, but I couldn't have gotten through this past year as Miss Tri-Cities without my parents. They've been a sounding board for my crazy ideas and a shoulder to cry on after a stressful day," she said.
Fowler is the daughter of Wright and Josie Beach of Kennewick. She graduated from Southridge High in 2007, received her associate of arts degree with an emphasis on theater from Columbia Basin College and is studying criminal psychology at Washington State University Tri-Cities.
For ticket or other information on the Miss Washington Pageant, go to www. misswashington.org. For more information on the Miss Tri-Cities Pageant, go to misstricities.org.