COLUMBUS, GA - The 66th annual Miss Georgia Pageant and Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen Pageant will be held at the Bill Heard Theatre in The RiverCenter for the Performing Arts beginning Wednesday, June 16, 2010, with the finale and crowning of a new Miss Georgia on Saturday, June 19 at 7:30pm EST.
The Miss Georgia Scholarship Pageant will feature 40 of the state's most outstanding young women age 17 to 24, all vying for the title of Miss Georgia 2010.
Each contestant had to win a local competition for the opportunity to represent her city, university or region at the Miss Georgia Competition.
The winner of the Miss Georgia 2010 title will represent the state at the Miss America Competition, January 2011.
Along with the Miss Georgia Contestants, 36 Teens will compete for the title of Miss Georgia 's Outstanding Teen. The winner of this title will represent the state at the national competition, Miss America 's Outstanding Teen, later this summer.
Preliminary competitions for the 2010 Miss Georgia and Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen Pageants will guarantee entertainment on Wednesday – Friday nights as contestants compete in fitness, talent, and casual and evening wear.
Announcement of semi-finalist will take place Saturday night followed by the announcement of the new Miss Georgia and Miss Georgia 's Outstanding Teen.
Also featured will be the current Miss Georgia 2009, Emily Cook. The Cobb County native performed on the Oboe during the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas earlier this year.
Miss Georgia 's Outstanding Teen Brianna Godshalk will also be featured. Also a Cobb County native, she performed a classical violin piece at the national competition last year.
Besides the opportunity to represent Georgia in the Miss America Competition, the new Miss Georgia will win prizes including a $15,000 cash scholarship, jewelry, wardrobe for the Miss America Competition, and a vehicle provided by Kia for her use as she travels the state throughout her year of service.
The Miss Georgia Competition is the longest continuously running state competition within the Miss America Organization.