Friday was the first night of competition in the Miss Muskingum Valley and Miss Muskingum Valley Outstanding Teen pageants.
The 26 contestants competed in swimwear, eveningwear and talent competitions. The preliminary swimwear winners were Heidi Negron and Stephanie Beltz. In evening wear it was Alyssa Phillips and Stephanie Beltz, and in talent preliminary winners were Kylie Johnson and Krystle Formosa.
This year’s theme of "A Circus" was carried on throughout the evening with dancing and singing performances.
The second part of the pageant will be Saturday night at Secrest Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. The winners will be announced after Saturday’s competition.