Miss Georgia contestants prepare for pageant

COLUMBUS Ga. — Hundreds of people gathered at the River Center to see all of the Miss Georgia contestants together for the first time. 90 contestants are competing for the Miss Georgia 2016 title and the chance to win scholarship money.

All contestants need a platform to compete. Miss Columbus Caroline Carroll built her platform on working with children.

“My platform is blood donations and the American Red Cross and the national platform children’s miracle network. So I’ve visited many hospitals and that’s really a humbling experience every time. Meeting the kids and putting a smile on their faces,” said Carroll.

Although pageants can become expensive, contestants and their parents don’t let that steer them away from the experience.

Miss Troup County, Paula Smith, says that Miss USA gives hope to girls all around the world.

“She was also breaking pageant barriers by being in the army. I think that’s amazing and i think that what she shows young girls is that it’s not about your skin color, it’s not about your hair or what you’re wearing. It’s about who you are on the inside and she just confirmed that for young girls all around the world,” said Smith.

The Miss Georgia pageant will take place at the River Center next week, June 14th-18th at 7:30 pm. The contestants say that their excited and honored to be a part of this prestigious pageant.

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