Los Banos' version of the Miss America pageant is set for next week.
The Miss May Day Pageant and Scholarship Competition begins at 7 p.m. March 23 at the Los Banos Fairgrounds, 403 F St.
"The contestants started practicing for the competition on Jan. 15 and are excited for the activities to come," according to a news release.
Competing are Pacheco High School students Cassandra Camacho and Dominique Alvarez, and Ashley Lillian Souza, who attends Gustine High School.
Pageant organizer Shantelle Andrews-Margason said competition should be fierce despite each contestant being guaranteed a spot on the Miss May Day Court.
"No one runs to get second place," she said.
The pageant will feature a stage competition, including western wear and evening gown, and for a second year will include the "Pink Rose" category, in which contestants purchase their outfits from thrift stores.
Another segment of the competition is judged through an interview prior to the stage competition.
Six Tiny Princess contestants, local dance groups, vocalists and musicians are all set to perform.
Contestants are selling advertisements to be included in the programs given out at the pageant and the May Day Kick-Off dinner, which is planned April 13. The proceeds from the advertisement sales will be used to fund the pageant and scholarships, according to the release.
Tickets for the pageant are available for purchase from the contestants and at the fairgrounds office. Cost is $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Anyone interested in sponsoring a scholarship for the Miss May Day program should contact the Merced County Spring Fair Office at (209) 826-5166 or Andrews-Margason at (209) 604-4163.