From staff and press reports
Raychal Reed will be heading off to the 64th Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant on July 26-27 at the Saenger Theater in Downtown Hattiesburg to represent Winston County.
She plans to introduce all attending to the Winston County she knows:
“On the map, my county forms a red clay staircase
Climbing three city steps, hospitality is our showcase,
In your tennis shoes explore the Red Hills Festival downtown,
Come see the history in my hometown,
Drive a fire truck at the Big Red museum,
In your cowboy boots ride horses at the Coliseum,
In your flip flops feel the sand between your toes,
Lake tiak o’ khata is the place to go.
Stepping into the good life anywhere you choose,
In Winston County, you can do anything in the right pair of shoes.”
Reed is a Hall of Fame and Dean’s List graduate of East Central Community College. She is currently studying Kinesiology at Mississippi State University with hopes of continuing her education in the field of Physical Therapy. At Mississippi State University, Raychal is a member of the Shackoul’s Honors College and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and serves as Girl Scout chairperson for Kappa Delta Sorority. She volunteers with the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and as a dance instructor in Starkville.
Reed will be one of 39 contestants competing for the title of Mississippi Miss Hospitality and more than $100,000 in scholarships and prizes. This year’s theme, “Hospitality: Under the Big Top guarantees an authentic and unforgettable circus experience.
During the Pageant Week, local Miss Hospitalities will also take part in rehearsals, tours, interviews and special events. The week will conclude with two nights of competition – beginning on Friday, July 26 at 8pm and concluding on Saturday, July 27 at 8pm at the Historic Saenger Theater in Downtown Hattiesburg.
For 64 years, Mississippi Miss Hospitality has continued the tradition of grace while touring the state to promote Mississippi’s tourism and economic development. For the past year, Chandler Llana has traveled more than 30,000 miles representing the state as its Goodwill Ambassador.
Tickets to the Pageant are on sale now and may be purchased at the Saenger Theater Box Office at 601.544.4888 or online at HattiesburgSaenger.com. Ticket prices are $17.50 and $22.50. Two-night packages are also available.
The Mississippi Miss Hospitality is a program of VISITHATTIESBURG™, and is presented by VISITHATTIESBURG™, The University of Southern Mississippi and the City of Hattiesburg. For more information about the Pageant, contact the State Pageant Office at 601.268.3220 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional Pageant information can be found online at www.MissHospitality.com.