The area's first Shining Star Pageant, a pageant hosted especially for individuals with special needs, will take place on Saturday in the Elkins High School Auditorium.
More than 20 girls from around the state will be participating in the pageant, which is geared toward fostering self-esteem and providing more opportunities for those with disabilities, said Tina Corcoran, director of the pageant.
"With my daughters participating in pageants and my family volunteering with Special Olympics, we saw an opportunity to provide an activity to the special needs community," Corcoran said.
The announcer for the evening will be Eric Ruf, and Tina Corcoran and Alexandria Corcoran will preside over the event as director and assistant director, respectively.
There will be an introduction of the contestants and a gown competition.
Awards will be presented for Miss Congeniality, first and second alternates, and the queens for each division. Crowning will take place after the winners of each division are announced.
The event will also sponsor an 50/50 drawing, and entertainment for the evening will be provided by Adair Smith.
Entrance to the competition is not barred by age or nature of a contestant's disability, and contestants from anywhere are welcomed to participate.