Two Lakeland Women Set to Compete for Miss Florida Title

By: Jessica Roberts

Pageant Winner to Represent Florida at the 2017 Miss America Pageant

Forty-eight preliminary pageant winners from across Florida will be competing in the 81st Miss Florida Scholarship Pageant beginning June 26 at the Lakeland Center’s Youkey Theatre in Lakeland, FL.

The Miss Florida Pageant is a preliminary competition to the Miss America Pageant, which is the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women and one of nation’s largest achievement programs. On July 2 the newly crowned MISS FLORIDA will be named and she will represent the Florida at the 2017 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, and will travel the state promoting her personal platform. Miss Florida also serves as a state ambassador for MISS AMERICA’s national platform partner, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and as an official spokesperson for protection and preservation of America’s Everglades.

MaryKatherine Fechtel, Miss Florida 2015, won her title last June when she competed with forty-seven other young women for the opportunity to represent the Sunshine State. MaryKatherine competed in the 2016 Miss America Pageant and she was named a Top Ten Finalist and Preliminary Swimsuit winner receiving an additional $8,000 in scholarships. 

Forty-eight preliminary pageants have been held across the state since November, with the winners receiving a coveted invitation to compete for the Miss Florida Crown. The following are the local contestants that will compete in Lakeland, FL on June 28-July 2:

  • Courtney Jones of Lakeland, FL – Miss Largo
  • Siobhan Gale of Lakeland, FL – Miss Heart of Florida

Registration for Media Credentials for the 2016 Miss Florida Pageant is now open.  

Please RSVP to Kelly Rote or Al Snow with your title, media outlet represented, number of credentials requested and any special requests (photography credential, one-on-one interview requests, etc.) and your request will be confirmed. Credentials may be picked up on-site at the Lakeland Center during pageant week.

Miss Florida Media Contacts


Kelly Rote  

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