Because there is a high number of girls enrolled in the competition, the pageant was approved by the city council to sponsor two different crowning titles. This "dual pageant" will continue to celebrate the service contributions and dynamic talents of several different young women from Farmington and features Mayor Scott Harbertson as an emcee for the night.
"Because there are now two titles, this pageant is called a dual pageant, and neither title is better than the other," said pageant coordinator Kari Dutson. "We'll have 19 contestants between 17 and 24, all of whom can't be married yet, and they have to sign a morality contract to enter the pageant. Every year and once the event really gets going, it gets more competitive because the girls put more and more into it."
Individual college scholarships of more than $8,000 will also be given to various winners of the pageant to attend the school of their choice.
Dutson also said that unlike the Miss U.S.A. pageants, the girls entered will not be judged solely on the attractiveness of their natural body looks or outfits.
"The girl with the best interview, talent or platform is usually more likely to win," she said. "It also helps if they've done great things with their platform and can really stand up to the judges. In Miss U.S.A. they focus a lot on looks, but we look more at those other things and if they're fit for their own body type."
Current Miss Farmington Jennifer Smith will also help out as an emcee for the night and give a special farewell performance, which includes her vocal solo talent and participation in the swimsuit portion. Her platform from the last pageant was to promote awareness and early detection of cancer with the American Cancer Society.
"Jennifer has not only worked with the American Cancer Society, but she is going to serve as the chair for the 'Relay for Life' event in Farmington," Dutson said. "Other platforms from contestants include working with the American Heart Association and helping with organ/tissue donation."
Dutson's husband and Farmington City Council member Rick Dutson will serve as the co-chairs for "Relay for Life," which will take place this summer.
The Farmington pageant will take place at Davis High School on May 26 at 7 p.m. For more information, call Kari Dutson at 451-6553 or the Farmington City Offices at 451-2383.