Last week Chelsea Rick was waving to the crowd at the annual parade of contestants as Miss Amory Railroad Festival. She is now the reigning Miss Mississippi and preparing to represent this state at the Miss America Pageant.
Many of the contestants at the Miss Mississippi Pageant have overcome incredible odds to participate. One had a medical condition that led to bullying, another was raped and says while surviving sexual assault is nothing to laugh at, she did find a hidden talent, comedy.
The Miss Mississippi contestants are preparing for the first night of preliminary competition tonight. We talked with them about their goals, life defining moments and what it would mean to win the title of Miss Mississippi 2014.
In just a few hours another group of 14 contestants will compete in the talent preliminary at the Miss Mississippi Pageant, among them Wednesday night's Swimwear winner, Miss Historic South, Randi Kathryn Harmon. But last night belonged to two former Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teens who tied in talent.