Florida Junior Miss Held Locally

The Florida Junior Miss competition is moving to our area. The Florida Junior Miss contestants have arrived in Taylor County for state competition this weekend.

Hannah Bunning, at-large contestant in Santa Rosa County, says, "We've been practicing pretty much non-stop. We get to do some touring and VIP things later in the week."

Taylor County has taken over the Florida Junior Miss state finals after being held in Pensacola for years. Hundreds are expected for this year's competition, spelling out excitement for local business owners.

Joyce Fletcher, owner of Joyce's Mainstreet Cafe', says, "The people that come downtown and eat at Joyce's Mainstreet Cafe will bring in more revenue for my cafe. Hopefully they will remember us down the road and come back here and visit and we'll continue to operate."

Rick Olcott, Chairman of the Florida Junior Miss program, says, "Some will be staying overnight, they'll be eating in the restaurants, and shopping in the stores. Just visiting and getting to see the county with the largest coastline in Florida."

Florida Junior Miss is a scholarship program for high school seniors. Nine girls from different counties are competing for state title.

Allison Bassett of Taylor County Junior Miss says, "It's an honor and a privilege to represent Taylor County. This is where I've grown up as well as both of my parents and my grandparents, so I'm very excited to represent."

The community says it looks forward to hosting many Florida Junior Miss pageants in the future. The Florida Junior Miss state finals competition is this Saturday at Taylor County High School at 6:00 p.m.