MUSKEGON -- Enough with the preliminaries, it's on to the finals.
Thursday night's rounds of competition in the 2010 Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant wrapped up with the naming of a second batch of preliminary winners in the talent, evening gown and swimsuit categories.
Miss Bay County, Casey Crabtree, took the $500 preliminary talent award for a theatrical vocal presentation.
Thursday's preliminary evening gown and swimsuit winner, worth a total of $500, went to Miss Capital City, Katie LaRoche, who also won $500 in the talent category Wednesday.
Other preliminary winners on Wednesday were Erinn Hendricks, Miss River Raisin Festival; and Kelly Oles, Miss Tip of the Mitt.
The contestants also were judged on their responses to an on-stage question and an off-stage interview.
Final winners in each category -- and ultimately our new Miss Michigan -- will be announced Saturday night. Miss Michigan 2010 will go on to compete in the Miss America Pageant in January.
In the Miss Michigan's Outstanding Teen portion of Thursday's preliminaries, Brooke Rowland, representing Kalamazoo County, won the talent award with a musical performance on the harp.
Tara Althaus of Washtenaw County won the Outstanding Teen talent award on Wednesday.
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