VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) - 3 On The Road has picked the perfect time to visit the River City of Vicksburg. It is filled with folks who come each year for the Miss Mississippi Pageant.
There are signs of the Miss Mississippi pageant all over Vicksburg. The pageant also means dollar signs for the city.
The Miss Mississippi contestants arrived in Vicksburg to signs welcoming them to the city.
With them they bring family members, supporters and fans who fill the hotels and eat at restaurants and visit stores, which is good news for the economy.
"The Convention Center put together some figures for us and its about a 2.1 million dollar economic impact for the city of Vicksburg," David Blackledge, the chair of the Miss Mississippi Corporation Board and executive director of the pageant, said.
That is not bad for eight days.
According to Blackledge, it's a two way street.
While Vicksburg has been good for the pageant, the pageant has also been good for the city.
"Vicksburg has been so gracious, our Mayor and Aldermen have been so supportive of us financially and so many other ways," Blackledge added. "This is our way of being able to give back to our city and showcase our great city, historic city around our great state."
In addition to restaurants and hotels, other businesses also benefit from the pageant.
"Restaurants stay full the entire week also our florists stay very, very busy obviously with all the flowers for all the children and the contestants," Blackledge explained.
The pageant is held each year at the Vicksburg Convention Center. It moved there from the Vicksburg Auditorium.
The auditorium is now the site of the Miss Mississippi Send-off.
"I mean this is the biggest event that they have during the year, the longest event," Blackledge said. "They've been very gracious to us and we have a great working relationship with them but it also gives us an opportunity to showcase our convention center around the state of Mississippi."
Stores and businesses in Vicksburg, and around the state, also provide prizes and gifts for Miss Mississippi that includes a car, makeup, jewelry and clothing.