Fifth Annual Miss Shrimp Festival royalty crowned

By Melanie LeCroy / melanie@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 9/15/21

The Gulf Shores Cultural Center was bustling Sept. 11 as contestants from all over Baldwin County competed in the Fifth Annual Miss Shrimp Festival pageant.

The competition consisted of an …

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The Gulf Shores Cultural Center was bustling Sept. 11 as contestants from all over Baldwin County competed in the Fifth Annual Miss Shrimp Festival pageant.

The competition consisted of an introduction and walk of the stage where judges scored the ladies on their appearance, poise and personality. Some young ladies chose to add additional judging for best dress, best hair, prettiest eyes and prettiest smile.

This year, three Miss Charity queens were crowned in addition to the Miss Shrimp Festival queens. Contestants wishing to compete for Miss Charity collected non-perishable foods and hygiene items that can be used to fill Blessing Boxes across Baldwin County. This year, over 9,000 items were collected. The Miss Charity title was first introduced in 2020. The pageant was postponed due to Hurricane Sally and organizers encouraged contestants to collect items to help residents recovering from the hurricane.

The Miss Shrimp Festival is presented by the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber and the National Annual Shrimp Festival. All proceeds are donated to Orange Beach Elementary and Gulf Shores Elementary school.

The Miss Shrimp Festival pageant was created by Kimberly Hollis and Lindsay Taylor. The duo approached the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber with the idea of having local young ladies representing the National Shrimp Festival as they do in many other festivals across Alabama. They also wanted to incorporate a way to help support education and encourage philanthropy. The chamber supported the idea and is has grown every year. This year over 100 contestants participated.

If you or your company would like to be a sponsor or scholarship sponsor for next year’s pageant, please contact Steve Jones with the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber at steve@mygulfcoastchamber.com.