Nineteen young women will take the next step towards their dream of earning a Miss Oklahoma title as the 2018 Miss Grand Lake and Miss Delaware County pageants get underway this weekend.

On Saturday, Sept. 2, the titles of Miss Grand Lake and Miss Delaware County, along with their respective Outstanding Teen titles, will be awarded during the annual joint or "stacked" pageant at 2:30 p.m., at the Grove High School Performing Arts Center.

This is the first major event to take place in the PAC since it opened at the beginning of the school year.

"We hope everyone comes to watch them. These are talented young ladies and we are proud of them," Cheno Kennedy, pageant director said. "The venue - the new performing arts center - is beautiful. I can't wait to see our girls on the stage.

"It is a joy to work with young people and I love to help them become adults. These young ladies gain so much from being apart of the Miss America system."

The winners of the 2018 Miss Grand Lake and Miss Delaware County titles, will each earn a $250 scholarship provided by sponsors, while the teen counterparts will earn $200 each. Other prizes and scholarships will be awarded to both the title holders and other contestants during the evening.

More About the Pageant

The event is open to the public. Tickets, available at the door, are $20 for adults and $10 students, high school and below. Grove Public School students, and infants are admitted free.

Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis. Commemorative program books will be available for $5.

Proceeds from ticket and program book sales are used to fund the scholarships for the winners, as well as offset expenses for future events.

Eight young women between the ages of 17- to 24-years-old, who live or attend school in Oklahoma, will compete for the titles of Miss Grand Lake and Miss Delaware County

The miss contestants take part in talent, evening wear, interview and physical fitness in swimsuit competitions.

Those contestants include: Whitney Farley, Jay; Danielle Sims, Broken Arrow; Carolyn Koepping, Enid; Megan Dorn, Mangum; Lacy Williams, Edmond; Mary Shklar, Waynoka; Olivia Woodrich, Broken Arrow; and Katlyn Skaggs, Choctaw.

Twelve girls will vie for the title of Grand Lake’s and Delaware County's Outstanding Teen.

Those contestants must be between 13- to 17-years-old. They compete in talent, evening wear, interview and casual wear.

Those contestants include: Autumn Hudgins, Midwest City; Rylee Taylor, Jenks; Sara Borza, Broken Arrow; Marissa Wilson, Broken Arrow; Jaylin Gomez, Grove; Mackenzie Horst, Broken Arrow; Cassie Harding, Bartlesville; Blair Noblin, Skiatook; Ella Elizabeth Phillips, Tulsa; Jewella Schonover, Grove; and Georgia Matlack, Tulsa.

Donations, from both individuals or businesses, continue to be accepted to help continue the scholarship program.

For more information about the pageant, persons interested may contact Kennedy at 918-786-2928 or 918-791-1878 or kennecharle@aol.com.