Parade of contestants will be held Saturday

The 2017 Miss Missouri Pageant opens tonight with 30 contestants competing for the title of Miss Missouri.

Preliminary competition will be held tonight, Thursday and Friday. The new Miss Missouri will be crowned Saturday night. The pageant will begin at 7:30 p.m. for the first three nights and at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Miss Missouri's Outstanding Teen Pageant is also being held this week with 25 contestants.

As part of Miss Missouri week and to give residents a chance to meet the contestants, at parade will be held Saturday at 10 a.m.

The parade with contestants from both pageants will lineup an the north side of Westlake's. It will travel across Muldrow onto Jackson, turn left onto Clark at the Mexico-Audrain Library, then right onto Monroe, then right onto Washington then left at Jackson and finally left on Jefferson Street.

The contestants will exit the cars a the corner of Jefferson and Monroe and will sign autographs on the former Pearl Motor Company parking lot.