It is about to be peach season in Middle Georgia and not just the peaches that grow on trees.
The 2016 Miss Georgia Peach pageant is coming up, and there is still time to enter.
The annual Miss Georgia Peach pageant is held every spring and is open statewide to girls and women ages 4-24. Georgia Peach Festival queens serve as ambassadors for the Georgia Peach Festival attending all of the festival events. They also travel to Atlanta to meet with the governor and the state legislature.
The current crop of Peach Queens met with Gov. Nathan Deal and members of the Georgia Senate and House on Feb. 18. State Rep. Robert Dickey hosted the queens at the capitol.
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Reigning Miss Teen Georgia Peach Melanie Wood, a student at Northside High School, said that whether you win or lose, the Miss Georgia Peach pageant is a lot of fun.
"You learn so much about yourself and the Miss Georgia Peach board is so sweet. The Miss Georgia Peach pageant is more like a family," Melanie said.
Many former Miss Georgia Peach winners and contestants have gone on to other titles, including Miss America preliminary titles and Miss Georgia.
The deadline to enter the pageant is March 12. The younger divisions are composed of competition in evening gown and optional talent, while the Teen and Miss competitions include an interview.
Entry is limited to the first 15 applicants per group. For more info, visit the pageant's website at www.missgeor giapeach.org or contact the pageant's board of directors: Dianne Sweat at 478-923-3846, Donna Long at 478-987-1960 or Dee Hayes at 478-987-1711.