Wiregrass Newsroom: 48 Compete for Crown

Dothan, AL (WSFA) --

48 tiaras...but only one crown. For one lady from the Wiregrass, years of evening gowns and high heeled shoes comes down to this coveted title.

The Miss National Peanut Festival pageant kicked off its weekend events today with a luncheon at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

And while having fun is the main goal, communication with the outside world and even their parents is off limits.

"I think it helps the girls concentrate better. We say this is our little world for the weekend...and they can't talk to them," says Janet Hughes, the pageant coordinator.

Janet says they are trying to calm the nerves.

"I'm very nervous!" says Miss Dothan, Sarah Catherine.

With only one day before the pageant begins, months of planning just the set are finally paying off.

"We started in March of this past year. We don't wanna be caught at the last minute having to do all the set construction," says Joey Hughes, a pageant volunteer.

And while crews are continuing to decorate, the ladies are taking center stage for dress rehearsal.

Tomorrow night's preliminaries include verbal competition and evening gown.

And on Saturday, what started as 48 is narrowed to one Miss National Peanut Festival.

Reporter: Melissa McKinney