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Say hello to new Miss Prides

The 2013 Miss Pride Queens have been crowned. The new queens are (front, L-R) Tiny Miss Pride, McKenzie Horne; and Little Miss Pride, Laney Sutherland; (back, L-R) Young Miss Pride, Rachel Hudson; Miss Pride, Tori Murry; and Junior Miss Pride, Ansley Taubert. The Fayette County High School Band Boosters held the 45th Annual Miss Pride of Fayette County Pageant March 15 and March 16 for girls 3 years of age through 12th grades. Contestants must reside in Fayette County or attend a Fayette County School. The pageant has been a fundraiser for the Fayette County High School Band for the last 45 years and has raised thousands of dollars for the band. The winners will represent Fayette County in parades and functions throughout Fayette County during their reign. Photo/Special.

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