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Festival pageants canceled, some girls won’t compete next year

Current queens, crowned in 2019, will reign until October 2021.
Holley Driggers, Miss Dothan, is crowned Miss National Peanut Festival on October 19, 2019.
Holley Driggers, Miss Dothan, is crowned Miss National Peanut Festival on October 19, 2019.(WTVY)
Published: Sep. 19, 2020 at 9:50 AM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -Both 2020 National Peanut Festival pageants, scheduled in October, have been canceled due to COVID concerns and only local queens crowned this year will be allowed to compete in 2021 pageants.

In a letter sent to pageant organizers NPF President Joe Snell said,"There will be no Little Miss or Miss National Peanut Festival Pageant this year. The current 43 current titleholders for Little Miss and 43 current titleholders for Miss will maintain their titles and compete in 2021."

Snell also revealed only those crowned during local events this year will participate in next year’s NPF pageants. “No preliminary pageants for the festival will be held in 2021.”

Only first graders are permitted to compete. so girls in that grade will miss their only opportunity, unless special provisions are made.

Miss contestants must be between the age of 17-21.

Current queens, crowned in 2019, will reign until October 2021. They are Miss National Peanut Festival Holley Driggers and Little Miss Maggie Wells.

Snell asked local pageant organizers to be patient with the trustee’s decisions and indicated other announcements could be made early next year.

A decision had already been made to cancel the November National Peanut Festival and carnival, also due to COVID concerns.

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