ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Organizers of the 2014 Miss America pageant couldn’t wait until Saturday night’s traditional show us your shoes parade to unveil the state-themed footwear the contestants will wear.
Hours before preliminary competition was to begin Tuesday night, pageant organizers displayed the shoes as they basked in the competition’s return to the place where it began in 1921.
The pageant has returned to Atlantic City after a six-year stint in Las Vegas.
One of the pageant’s most beloved traditions is the shoe parade, held on the Boardwalk the night before the finale.
Miss Florida’s shoes depicted alligators, Miss New Jersey had sea shells and Miss Arizona’s had a cactus.
Miss Indiana, Terrin Thomas, is from Auburn. Her shoes had basketballs and hoops.
Contestants from Mississippi and New Hampshire won the first night of preliminary competition.
Samantha Russo, Miss New Hampshire, won a $2,000 scholarship in the talent competition Tuesday by singing Don’t Rain On My Parade from the musical Funny Girl.
Miss Mississippi, Chelsea Rick, won a $1,000 scholarship in the lifestyle and fitness competition, also known as the swimsuit competition.
Two more nights of preliminary competition will take place Wednesday and Thursday, followed by the traditional show us your shoes parade on the Boardwalk on Saturday, and the nationally televised finale Sunday night.
– Associated Press