BAKERSFIELD,Calif. — The Bakersfield pageant hosted their annual pageant on Saturday and crowned their three new 2020 queens.
The new queens include Miss Teen Bakersfield Zoe Gudino, Miss Bakersfield Shelby Moore, and Mrs. Bakersfield Leslie Aldridge.
The now-former Miss Teen Bakersfield, Sydney Price of 2019 shares what this pageant means to her.
"I have loved this title and it has been the biggest honor of my life and I am so excited to see where it takes me in the future," said Price.
The pageant kicked off by unveiling its theme this year which is service above self.
The theme was set to honor veterans, military and first responders.
During the pageant, the 18 contestants found ways to show their appreciation.
"This is the beginning of the next 25 years and I want to break the stigma," said Gayle Tape, executive director for the Bakersfield Pageant.
"We want to show that we are the Bakersfield Pageant which is a service organization and what better role model for that than our military and first responders."
Dawning in its 26th year the pageant continues in tradition with its three following categories. The categories include Miss Teen Bakersfield (14-to-17 years), Miss Bakersfield (unmarried 18-to-25) and Mrs. Bakersfeild (married 23 and older).
The contestants then competed in the following categories.
"They are judged on their personality, interview skills, and presentation skills on stage," said Tape. "There is no talent category and we do not have a swimsuit category, its basically an all around the First Lady of the city type pageant. "
Tape shares that the Bakersfield Pageant is breaking stereotypes within the pageant world with its style and mission. That includes getting women involved in their community and becoming givers.
"I would describe this pageant as a community-oriented sisterhood of women who knows that it is not the crown but your attitude that makes the difference," Price said.
The three new queens will attend more than 50 appearances around Bakersfield, receive a scholarship and other fun prizes.