As I'm sure you are all well aware, North Central Montana has a special interest in the Miss America Pageant this year. Cut Bank resident, Alexis Wineman will be among the 53 women competing for the crown this evening at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A parade of beauties from every state are primping and prepping to compete for the Miss America crown Saturday night.

The show at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip is the culmination of a week of preliminary competitions and months of practice.

Each of the beauty queens has already proven her poise, charm and volubility by winning her state crown.

After an opening number, the judges will announce 16 finalists.

The women will strut their stuff in swimsuit, evening gown, talent and interview competitions, with cuts after each round until a new Miss America is crowned.

The pageant will air locally at 8pm Saturday, but you'll want to tune in at 7 to see the "Pageant Confidential: Road to Miss America" on ABC. That's channel 5 on Dish.

GOOD LUCK ALEXIS!