26 girls are gearing up for their chance at a local crown, and possibly the title of Miss America in the future.
The 2010 Miss Muskingum Valley and Miss Muskingum Valley Outstanding Teen pageants will kick-off Friday at Secrest Auditorium. The pageant is a preliminary for the miss ohio pageant.
Organizers have raised $26,000 in scholarships and prizes from sponsors that will be awarded to the winners.
"We give scholarships. We give educational cash awards, which are essentially scholarships too. We give in-kind to area universities. We have prize packages. There are all kinds of great, wonderful, awards, we're really proud of it," said Stina McKendry, executive director.
The theme of this year's pageant is "A Circus." it starts Friday night at 7:30 and continues at the same time Saturday, the night the winners will be announced.