Due to safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Miss Arkansas Board of Directors has announced the postponement of the 2020 State Pageant.

“The health and safety of our candidates, their families and our volunteers is our top priority in making the decision to postpone our state competition,” said Jessie Bennett, executive director of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Organization.

“With the Miss America Organization making the announcement that there would not be a national competition in 2020, and that they would be moving to the Fall of 2021, and with the state our nation is currently in, we felt like the right thing to do for all involved was to postpone our 2020 competition as well,” said Bennett.

The candidates will have the opportunity to retain their local title and compete June 13-19, 2021 for Miss Arkansas/Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen respectively.

Darynne Dahlem, Miss Arkansas 2019, and Sarah Cate Lay, Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen 2019, will continue their service until new state titleholders are crowned. Dahlem won over $100,000 in scholarships throughout her time competing in the Miss America Organization and will use those funds to begin medical school at UAMS this Fall. Lay will be a senior at Mount Saint Mary Academy.

The Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation will award each of its 2020 Miss Candidates a $1,000 scholarship. Each 2020 Outstanding Teen will receive a $500 scholarship.

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