Abingdon, VA (Monday, October 15, 2012) – The 20th Anniversary Miss Food City Pageant was held on Saturday, October 13th at the historic Paramount Center for the Arts in Downtown Bristol. Each year, the pageant showcases young women from across the region. Saturday evening, 15 contestants entered the beautiful Paramount Center for the Arts in hopes of winning the coveted title.
When the moment arrived, Alex Honeycutt of Johnson City, TN was crowned Miss Food City 2013. Alex is a 22 year-old student at East Tennessee State University. "It's an honor to be crowned the 20th Anniversary Miss Food City,” said Honeycutt. “I'm honored to represent a company that plays such a large part in community outreach and excited to be participating in events with the Food City family in the coming year."
Honeycutt is employed by Mid City Grill. She enjoys reading, cooking, running, traveling and photography. Her accomplishments include serving as 2011 Miss Johnson City, receiving the Pat Miller Community Service Award for outstanding leadership and involvement through philanthropy and consecutively making the Dean’s List at ETSU while maintaining a 3.7 GPA. Honeycutt plans to graduate with honors from ETSU and enroll in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at Quillen College of Medicine. Upon obtaining her doctorate, she will strive to enrich the lives of others within our region as a physical therapist specializing in special needs and spinal cord injuries. She also plans to continue pursuing an active role within her community through volunteerism.
Honeycutt will represent Food City during its sponsorship of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Food City 500 and the Nationwide Series Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway and other race and company related activities throughout 2013.
“We would like to thank each of our contestants for their participation in the Miss Food City Pageant and commend them for their many talents and accomplishments,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer. “We are extremely proud to have Alex representing Food City in the coming year, as she will be an excellent spokesperson for our company.”
First runner-up was Jessica Dianne Larkin of Mount Carmel, TN and second runner-up was Greta Diane Wilkinson of Bristol, TN. Greta Wilkinson was also selected as Miss Photogenic. Honeycutt succeeds Ginny Cole of Crossville, TN who held the title of Miss Food City 2012.
The 20th anniversary pageant was directed by the ladies of the Twin City Woman’s Club, with event proceeds benefitting their sponsored projects and charities. “We would like to thank everyone who worked to make the pageant such a huge success, especially the members of the Twin City Woman’s Club for doing such a tremendous job directing the event, as well as WXBQ and Reggie Neel, the Paramount Center for the Arts, our performers and, of course our Food City associates and the many others who volunteered their time and talent to assist with the pageant,” added Smith.
About the Miss Food City Pageant
The first pageant was held in the Bristol Mall in 1992. Former winners include Janet Barton - 1992 & 1993, Meredith Blankenship – 1994, Tracy Wilson – 1995, April Elswick – 1996, Lisa Tollett – 1997, Christin Wilson – 1998, Erica Hembree – 1999, Amanda Greene – 2000, Misty Horn – 2001, Ronna Compton – 2002, April Owens – 2003, Kimberly Coen – 2004, Megan Ashe – 2005, Mally Gent – 2006, Britney Hagy – 2007, Jennifer Whittington – 2008, Lindsey Blevins – 2009, Melissa O’Neal – 2010, Elizabeth Robinette – 2011, Ginny Cole - 2012