The public helped celebrate the 80th Anniversary MISS FLORIDA PAGEANT in
St. Petersburg at the Mahaffey Theatre the week of June 15th. The new Miss
Florida is Mary Katherine Fechtel representing the University of Florida and
known as MISS UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA. She is 19 years old and a Senior at UF
and working towards her Bachelor of Science. Miss Florida is from Leesburg,
The pageant called “Shining Bright Since 1935” was produced by Wayne Gentry
of Monroe, Louisiana, and choreographed by Shea Sullivan of New York City.
The new Miss Florida will compete in the Miss America pageant on September
13, 2015 in Atlantic City televised live on ABC TV. Miss America Kira
Kazantsev presented the crowning of Miss Florida 2015. For further
Miss Florida receives an educational scholarship of $18,000 and thousands of
dollars in prizes. Dozens of Forever Miss Florida titleholders along with
this year’s 47 Miss Florida contestants and 34 Miss Florida’s Outstanding
Teen contestants converged on St. Petersburg with their families,
supporters, sponsors during pageant week in St. Petersburg.