Tonight and Saturday, beauty queens from across the state and here in McDowell will compete for the titles of Miss Mountain Glory and Teen Miss Mountain Glory.

East McDowell Middle School will host tonight’s event at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.

The contestants will compete in four categories: fitness, talent, evening gown and on-stage question.

Then, on Saturday during the Mountain Glory Festival in downtown Marion, the contestants will sit through a personal interview with the judges to complete the final phase of competition.

The crowning of the new queens will take place on the family stage on the courthouse lawn at 4 p.m.

The winner of Miss Mountain Glory will receive a $500 scholarship that is sponsored by the Mountain Glory Festival Committee. Also, both the Teen and Miss winners will have the opportunity to further compete at the state level next summer.

The pageant will feature the reigning Miss Mountain Glory 2017 Kaitlyn Helton, Miss Mountain Glory's Outstanding Teen 2017 Piper Styles and this year's Mountain Glory Princess.

Special entertainment will also be provided by the reigning Miss Blue Ridge Valley's Outstanding Teen 2017 Maggie Effler of Old Fort.

The Mountain Glory Festival Scholarship Pageant is open to young ladies that live in North Carolina between the ages of 13 and 23. The winners of the pageant will spend one year making numerous appearances throughout the state, serving their community and promoting their personal platforms.