For six decades Muskegon has been Miss Michigan’s hometown.
The community has proudly hosted the competition, opening its businesses and heart to the contestants and their families. The community has taken its responsibilities seriously, supporting the pageant through monetary donations or by providing the backdrop for one of the pageant’s many events both during Miss Michigan week and throughout the year.
We’ve become comfortable with royalty and are especially proud of the young women from the area who have gone on to become Miss Michigan and Miss America, although we have cheered for every candidate as if she were from our area.
And, in a way, every Miss Michigan is from Muskegon. Each year, the newly selected representative lives in the community with a host family while preparing for the Miss America competition. Area folks coach her on all the fine points. Some even serve as a practice judges panel for various aspects of the competition.
A few will follow the candidates to the national competition.
So, the community is proud to welcome the 30 Miss Michigan contestants and the 22 Miss Outstanding Teen contestants to their new hometown this week. We wish you the best of luck as you compete in the talent, evening gown and swimsuit portions of the pageant and participate in interviews with judges. We can’t wait for the finals at 7 p.m. Friday for the teens and 7 p.m. Saturday for the young women at the Frauenthal Theater in downtown Muskegon.
We’re grateful for the wonderful things you do while you’re here like the autograph session 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday at The Lakes Mall and the outing with local Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
And we hope you’ll take home many fond memories of Muskegon.
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