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Thirty-two contestants representing local scholarship pageants from across the state will be vying for the title of Miss Kentucky 2013 and this year one of the semi-finalists will be determined by the public, rather than the panel of judges.
Elizabeth Hayley Franklin, Miss Heart of the Parks, is the 23 year-old daughter of Ben and Crystal Franklin of Carrollton. Franklin is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a degree in communication studies/public relations. Her ambition is to continue working with the Carroll County School District and eventually pursue a career in public relations.
Franklin’s platform issue is the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life and her talent presentation at the Miss Kentucky Pageant will be a vocal performance of “Temporary Home,” originally performed by Carrie Underwood. She won the title of Miss Heart of the Parks at the local pageant held during March in Grayson. She also received a $600 scholarship along with the title and chance to compete at the Miss Kentucky Pageant.
The pageant will be held at the Singletary Center for the Arts on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Preliminary competitions will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28. The final night of competition culminating with the crowning of the new Miss Kentucky will be at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 29.
Tickets for the preliminaries and final competition are available by calling the Singletary Center Box Office at (859) 257-4929 or visiting www.singletarycenter.com. Preliminary night tickets are $25 per night and tickets for the final night are $50.
Over $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 also represent Kentucky in the Miss America Pageant.
To vote, go to www.misskentuckypageant.com, using a credit card or PayPal account. There is no limit on the number of votes a person can cast. The cost is $1 per vote. The contestant with the most votes will be named “Kentucky’s Choice” and will become one of the Top 13 Semi-Finalists on the final night of the Miss Kentucky Pageant. All proceeds benefit the Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization, a 501c4 non-profit scholarship program.
Voting ends at 9 p.m., June 28.