Preliminary pageant hosted

- Almost 40 girls, some as young as toddlers, participated in the preliminary Our Diamond Miss Pageant Saturday.

Based off of the Miss America pageant system, different competitions included the party dress category, a two minute talent performance, and even an interview process. A winner was chosen for the modeling, talent, photogenic contests as well as an overall winner and a overall talent winner.

"I've known contestants that started when they were 5 years old and  these girls went on to win Miss Texas and they actually placed in the top 10 in Miss America.... So, it's very inspirational. Also, these girls had their school paid for with all the money they earned from the pageants," stated Padgeant Director Sonya Rodriquez.

The pageant winner does advance to a state competition in Abilene in June and has the opportunity to advance to nationals in Oklahoma in August.

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