ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Fifty-two young women vying to be the next Miss America have done their initial pageant waves on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The contestants are from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. They were introduced to the public Tuesday evening in the traditional Boardwalk welcoming ceremony.
The current Miss America is Miss New York Kira Kazantsev (kah-ZANT'-sev). She recalled standing in the same spot a year ago, one of scores of contestants hoping to become Miss America.
She told this year's contestants they're about to begin "the journey of a lifetime."
The next Miss America will be chosen in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on Sept. 13.