Miss Dodge City, Miss Cowboy Capital and Miss Boot Hill will be crowned this Saturday at the Dodge City Middle School.

Doors will be open at 6 p.m. with the pageant starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 each.

The event will mark the second year that three crowns will be awarded as Miss Boot Hill was added last year.

"In 2017 the state approached us about adding an additional title to our already notable titles based on the overwhelming interested we received from young women in and around Dodge City," Miss Dodge City Organization director Jenna Powers said. "To award three titles in 2017 we needed to have 15 young women committed, which was a bit scary for my co-directors and I.

"We utilized our 2016 titleholders who did a lot of the recruiting for us and the connections we make during Miss Kansas week.

"In 2018 the Miss America Organization revised their rules, to award three titles in 2018 we have 9 young women committed to participate.

"We have had an overwhelming interest from young women in our local community, I’d say maybe 7 of the 10 young women competing are Dodge City residents."

One benefit of the pageants is that it doesn't all focus on the beauty according to Powers.

"Recently during a directors workshop I learned a new way to look at pageants," she said. "Pageants to the young women who participate in them is basically their sport of choice, they are 'in season' from the first local to Miss Kansas in June, they have their 'off season' for 2 months before jumping right back into it.

"These young women participate in the Miss America Organization for several reasons and the biggest is the scholarships.

"One of the greatest stories I hear from the contestants and past Miss Kansas' is how they were able to further their education for almost nothing thanks to the scholarships they receive through the organization.

"This organization is also very focused on service and giving back to communities through volunteerism and public awareness.

Through both the scholarship and service aspects of the program, contestants and title holders learn the fourth point of the crown which is success, style, scholarship and service.

"Their leadership skills, networking skills and business skills are sharpened and multiplied through participation in this program.

Contestants are judged five aspects.

They are evening gown, on-stage question, private interview, talent and personal strength and fitness.

"Each contestant is also required to have a platform statement," Powers said. "This is something they are passionate about and something they feel they live by and go out into the community to spread the word about it.

Powers added that for any woman wishing to sign up for next years pageant, the age requirement is 17-24 and you must be a Kansas resident, high school graduate by state Competition, single, never married, have good moral character and a citizen of the United States.

You can also visit www.missdodgecity.wixsite.com/pageant or visit the www.misskansas.org for the paperwork and qualifications.

"They can also join us on Jan. 6 to see how amazing this organization truly is," Powers said. "We are very thankful for our sponsors; The Alley, Flowers by Irene, The Hampton Inn & Suites, Josh Roesener Photography, Gibson’s Pharmacy, Lewis Automotive Group, Diamond Roofing, Dodge City Chiropractic, First Dental, McDonald’s, Crotts Aircraft Services, Dodge City Community College, Lopp Motors, United Wireless, Davis & McCann, P.A, Central Station, Dodge City Chiropractic, Schneweiss Accounting, Budweiser, Dodge City Dental Care, iDocs, Kan-Equip, Lopp Motors and Gier Diesel."

To contact the writer email vmarshall@dodgeglobe.com