Miss Shelby County Pageant is July 15 at 7 p.m.

Miss Shelby County Outstanding Teen Kyra Callens poses with Miss Alabama Hayley Barber during Liberty Day in Columbiana. Barber was the reining Miss Shelby County when she won Miss Alabama in June. She will compete for the title of Miss America in September. Both ladies will pass on their crowns to new winners on July 15 at the Miss Shelby County Pageant at Shelby County High School. (Contributed)

Miss Shelby County Outstanding Teen Kyra Callens poses with Miss Alabama Hayley Barber during Liberty Day in Columbiana. Barber was the reining Miss Shelby County when she won Miss Alabama in June. She will compete for the title of Miss America in September. Both ladies will pass on their crowns to new winners on July 15 at the Miss Shelby County Pageant at Shelby County High School. (Contributed)

By JENNIFER MAIER / Community Columnist

Two crowns will be passed on July 15, 2016 at the 29th Annual Miss Shelby County Pageant. The theme for this year’s pageant is ‘Life is Sweet’.

Miss Alabama Hayley Barber and 2015 Miss Shelby County Amanda Ford will co-emcee the event which begins at 7 p.m. at Shelby County High School. The Miss Shelby County Outstanding Teen Pageant will coincide with the pageant.

Barber was crowned Miss Alabama on June 11, and she is the first reigning Miss Shelby County to win the title of Miss Alabama. She will go on to compete in the Miss America Pageant on Sept. 11.

“For me it was such a great opportunity to represent my home,” said Barber, of her time as 2016 Miss Shelby County. “I was able to give back this past year to those very people that poured into my life and made me who I am.”

The GFWC-Alabama Vignette Club of Shelby County has produced the pageant since 1987. Miss Shelby County is a preliminary for the Miss Alabama/Miss America Organization.

Tickets for the pageant are $15, which includes a pageant program.

Proceeds raised from the sale of tickets go back to the community.

The University of Montevallo will award in-kind full tuition to the pageant winner, valued at $45,480, as well as a $1,000 book scholarship.

Jefferson State Community College will award in-kind tuition valued at $10,512 to the pageant winner.

Additionally, the contestants will be competing for over $10,000 in cash and prizes.

The Sonya Lefkovitz Community Service Award of $500 is awarded to the contestant that best represents the life of the late Vignette Club member, who was passionate about the Columbiana Community and gave selflessly of her time.

A $200 award will be given for Miss Congeniality in memory of the late Vignette Club member Joyce Reach Smith.

For more information on the Miss Shelby County Pageant, visit www.missshelbycounty.com.