Miss Farmington Grace Murphy

Miss Farmington crowned July 19

Miss Farmington 2016 Grace Murphy will crown her successor July 19, during the Miss Farmington Pageant, which kicks off the Greater Farmington Area Founders Festival.

Opening at 7 p.m. in the Farmington Civic Theater, 33332 Grand River, the pageant is not a beauty contest, said organizer Ginny Morris.

“It’s about what’s up here,” she said, pointing to her head. “I want to see a young woman who knows what she wants for her future, a go-getter. A young woman who isn’t afraid to get out there and work and speak on behalf of the city. It’s a serious job. She’s Farmington’s ambassador at large.”

An educational program, the Miss Farmington Pageant requires among other things a 300-word essay and personal interviews with the judges. Miss Farmington makes community appearances, has opportunities to share her ideas with the city’s leaders, advocates on behalf of her chosen charitable platform, and works directly with people in the community.

“It’s about making sacrifices, not going to that special concert with her boyfriend because she has a scheduled commitment on behalf of the City,” Morris said. “Maybe she’s not feeling well and doesn’t really want to attend a meeting, but that’s what the job entails. She is an involved public member of the greater Farmington community.”