Abingdon, VA (Monday, October 18, 2010) - Each year, the Miss Food City 500 Pageant is a highly popular event. The 2011 edition showcased 20 young women from across the region. Each girl entered the beautiful Paramount Center for the Arts in downtown Bristol, TN with hopes of winning the title of Miss Food City 2011.
When the moment arrived, it was Elizabeth Anne Robinette of Big Stone Gap, VA who was crowned 2011 Miss Food City. Elizabeth is a 21 year-old student at the University of Virginia. "I am greatly honored to wear the crown of Miss Food City 2011," says Robinette. "Food City and I share the mutual goal of working to help others, giving back to our communities and I am looking forward to attending public service events such as Speedway in Lights and all of the races at Bristol this year! This year will definitely be an exciting and busy adventure and I cannot wait for it to begin!"
Elizabeth will represent Food City during the 2011 Food City 500 and the Food City 250 NASCAR events at Bristol Motor Speedway. In addition to those responsibilities, Elizabeth will also represent Food City at various other company events.
Elizabeth enjoys student government, charity and community service work, dance, competitive cheerleading, modeling and watching the Food City races. Elizabeth's accomplishments include coordinating a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness in March 2010, netting over 4K for the Norton Cancer Center Patient Advocate Fund, being accepted as a student at The University of Virginia and being elected to serve as a member of the Student Judiciary Council at The University of Virginia as a first year student and continuing to serve on the Council for her second, third and fourth years. Elizabeth plans to graduate in May 2011 with a B.A. in Government and obtain a career in state or federal government.
Steve Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer said, "Each of our contestants are to be commended and we thank them for their participation in the Miss Food City Pageant. We are extremely proud to have Elizabeth representing Food City. She will be an excellent spokesperson for our company."
First runner-up was Nikki Poteet from Richmond, Virginia and second runner-up was Leah Hutson from Dandridge, Tennessee. Nikki Poteet was also selected as Miss Photogenic. Elizabeth replaces Melissa O'Neal from Crossville, Tennessee who held the title of Miss Food City 2010.
The 2011 Miss Food City Pageant was a tremendous success and the result of a great deal of hard work on the part of the event organizers. "We want to thank everyone who has worked in making this event such a success, especially the members of the Twin City Woman's Club who have worked so hard in directing the event, WXBQ and Reggie Neel, the Paramount Center for the Arts, and of course our Food City associates and the many others who have volunteered their time and efforts," added Smith.
Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores operates 105 retail food outlets throughout the tri-state regions of Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.