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Miss California pageant is Saturday in downtown Fresno

Miss California

On Monday morning the 55 Miss California and 28 Miss California’s Outstanding Teen contestants walked up the steps into Fresno City Hall for their grand arrival.

Dressed in derby style, the esteemed women are greeted by fans, volunteers, council members and Mayor Lee Brand.

“I never realized how much more when you start this program to make it to this level to compete for Miss California. It’s a lot of hard work,” Brand said. “It’s not just a beauty contest, it’s intelligent girls with well rounded qualities to be successful to be Miss California.”

For many of the contestants, and Miss California herself, the city has become a home away from home.

“I always look forward to going to Fresno – because it’s Miss California,” said Jillian Smith, Miss California 2017. “The first time I came to Fresno was in 2000 when I was 5 to watch Miss California, and that’s when I decided I wanted to be Miss California.”

Having the weeklong competition in downtown is a win for the city.

Brand said, “We are open arms to this great organization they are staying at local hotels dining at local restaurants they are seeing Fresno.”

Make sure to catch the Miss California pageant on Saturday at the Saroyan Theatre.

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