HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Three dozen contestants who will compete in the annual Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant spent much of Tuesday sight-seeing in the Hub City as part of their "Miss Hospitality Gives Back" tour.
A highlight of the day was a trip to Forrest General Hospital, where they visited and took photographs with patients.
35 contestants will take part in the pageant Friday and Saturday night at the Saenger Theater.
"We've gotten to visit many places here in Hattiesburg and gotten to know a little bit more about Mississippi," said Katie Kaiser, a contestant from Olive Branch. "This whole experience for Miss Hospitality is getting to know our state and promoting tourism and economic development," Kaiser said.
"We're just learning dances everyday and practicing and getting ready for the big night, which I'm very excited," said Amber Malone, a contestant representing Wayne County.
"This week has been so much fun, all the girls have been bonding together," said Kaylie Rowell, a contestant from Hattiesburg.
"We stayed up all night last night just talking and then this morning, we visited a lot of places. It's just been a really good experience so far," Rowell said.
The 63rd annual pageant is in its 15th year in Hattiesburg.