Miss America Celebrates 90th Anniversary in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) - One of 53 women is expected to be crowned Miss America, winning a $50,000 scholarship and embarking on a yearlong run as an idol to young girls throughout the country.

Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron planned to crown the winner Saturday night after a two-hour competition televised live on ABC.

After an opening number, hosts Brooke Burke and Chris Harrison
will announce the top 15 finalists. The girls will then compete in
swimsuit, evening gown, talent and interview competitions, and a
panel of judges will pick a winner.

The competition is the finale of a week of preliminary contests,
with each queen having already won her state crown.

The $50,000 top prize is one of $349,000 in prizes given by the
Miss America Organization at the national level.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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