MONROE — Four Minden ladies are halfway through Miss Louisiana week, though they have only made it through one portion of competition.
It's Miss Minden Paige McCoy's second year to compete for the state title while Miss Benton Savannah Willis, Miss Caddo Parish Molly McCann and Miss Bossier City Macey Colvin are making their first bid for the crown.
"I feel a lot more prepared than I was last year," McCoy said. "I know what to expect, and I have my things better put together — clothing, hair, makeup, my act, everything."
Preliminary competition will be held tonight and Friday with finals on Saturday. Minden ladies always have a large support group in the audience.
"I'm very thankful for all the support that I have from my hometown and Minden," McCoy said. "A lot of other pageants don't have the backing that Miss Minden does. The directors have helped a huge amount."
All four Minden ladies felt their interviews went well and are looking forward to tonight's preliminaries. McCoy and McCann will compete in talent and on-stage question tonight, and Colvin and Willis will compete in swimsuit and evening gown.
"It's been a lot better than I expected," Colvin said. "The girls have been welcoming, and I would definitely come back."
Willis said so far the Miss Louisiana experience has been a positive one.
"It's been what I expected and in a different way," she said. "I didn't expect it to be so much physical labor and rehearsing, but we have the perfect amount of free time —not much but we do have it."
McCann has learned a valuable skill she will take to college.
"I've learned how to make coffee," she said. "I did not know how, and now I probably drink at least two to three cups a day. I never really liked it, but here you can't survive without it."