The Covington County Miss Hospitality program is seeking contestants for the 2017 title of Covington County’s Miss Hospitality. Requirements for the local program include: • Be a resident of Mississippi – parent or guardian must also be a resident of Mississippi • Represent her hometown and/or county, not the city where she attends college. • Not currently hold a title that would interfere with duties of Miss Hospitality. • Be a high school graduate, never married, have no children and be age 18 and not over 24 by Wednesday, July 19, 2017 of the pageant week. • Have a 2.5 scholastic average for the last completed semester. A transcript is required upon registration for the state pageant. • Must be present at the coronation ceremony for Mississippi Miss Hospitality and participate in events scheduled for the period July 16-22, 2017. • If attending an out of state university and wins the state pageant, you must enroll immediately in a university in Mississippi. • Participate in the Okatoma Festival on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The entry fee is $20. Local Miss Hospitality contestants will have a seven minute personal interview with a panel of three out-of-town judges and present a 90-second speech in front of the judges and guests on “How would you promote our state to a visitor?” The dress is Sunday dress or a suit. Contestant applications and entry fees must be turned in to the chamber office by Friday, April 7 at 5 p.m. Contestants are to meet on April 7 at 5 p.m. at the chamber office to have a group picture made for the newspaper and draw for interview times. The state Miss Hospitality pageant will be held July 16-22, 2017. Applications are available at the Chamber of Commerce office located at 500 Komo Street in Collins. For additional information call 601-765-6012.