ABINGDON, VA (SPECIAL TO WLAF) – Miss Food City has become one of the most sought-after titles for young womenacross the region. The winner will represent Food City at events throughout the coming year, including the Food City Dirt Race and Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

This year’s pageant will take place on Saturday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. at The McGlothlin Center for the Arts at Emory & Henry College in Emory, VA. Miss Food City 2023will receive $3,000 cash, a $1,200 scholarship from Rave Hair Styling Products, a Mani/Pedi and Massagefrom Dragonfly Spa, and other prizes.

Pageant tickets are $10each. Children 5 and under are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting HERE.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door the night of the event.  A number of exciting door prizes will be awarded throughout the evening, including tickets to the Food City Dirt Race, Ripley’s Attractions, Dolly Parton’s Stampede, Anakeesta, Wonderworks, and Titanic, along with Food City Gift Cards and prizes from Dragonfly Spa, Rave Hair Styling Products, Deer Ridge Mountain Resort, and Jackson Mountain Homes.

The pageant is sponsored by WXBQ-96.9 FM 24 Carrot Country and directed by the Twin City Woman’s Club, with event proceeds benefitting their sponsored projects/charities.

About the Miss Food City Pageant:

The first pageant was held in the Bristol Mall in 1992. Former winners include Janet Barton – 1992& 1993, Meredith Blankenship – 1994, Tracy Wilson – 1995, April Elswick – 1996, Lisa Tollett – 1997, Christin Wilson – 1998, Erica Hembree – 1999, Amanda Greene – 2000, Misty Horn – 2001, Ronna Compton – 2002, April Owens – 2003, Kimberly Coen – 2004, Megan Ashe – 2005, Mally Gent – 2006, Britney Hagy – 2007, Jennifer Whittington – 2008, Lindsey Blevins – 2009, Melissa O’Neal – 2010, Elizabeth Robinette – 2011, Ginny Cole – 2012, Alex Honeycutt – 2013, Kayla Neikirk – 2014, Kassie Perkins – 2015, Azlinn Alder – 2016, Callie Corum – 2017, Hannah Everhart – 2018, Megan Stanley – 2019, Alexandria Alder – 2020 & 2021, and Elizabeth McReynolds – 2022.

Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores (Food City’s parent company) operates 148 retail outlets throughout southeast Kentucky, southwest Virginia, east Tennessee, north Georgia, and Alabama.

(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/16/2022-6AM)