Madison County is well represented in this week's Miss Mississippi Pageant with four young women touting ties to the county.

Miss Mississippi State University Sarah Beth James, Miss Madison Meagan Holaday, Miss Madison County Kelly Nicole Langford and Miss University Brooke Beard were all in Vicksburg early this week as preliminary competition began.

The winner of the annual pageant will be crowned Saturday.

Holaday is a senior at Mississippi State University and is majoring in English. She has served as an orientation leader for MSU and worked to create a mentoring program at her church. She is a member of Chi Omega sorority and has received a scholarship to sing in the MSU Concert Choir. Her platform is promoting mentoring of youth.

Beard is a of 2009 graduate of The University of Mississippi and holds a bachelors degree in the Liberal Arts. She is currently a part-time tutor for the Ole Miss Athletic Department. She has coordinated several fundraisers to benefit the Blair E. Batson children's hospital. Her platform issue is the Children's Miracle Network and is planning to obtain a master's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Her talent portion will consist of dancing Ballet En Pointe to "You Raise Me Up."

Langford is a 2007 graduate of Madison Central High School and currently attends The University of Mississippi and is majoring in Exercise Science/ Pre-Physical Therapy. She is a fitness trainer at the Courthouse Racquet and Fitness Club and seeks to obtain a doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Mississippi. Her platform is Improving the lives of children with muscular Dystrophy. She will be singing a broadway performance for the talent portion.

James is a Madison Central graduate and is currently is enrolled at Mississippi State. She returns after making the Top 10 at the pageant last year. She was also a former Madison County Junior Miss. James hopes to pursue a career in communications or music production. Her platform is promoting organ and tissue donation.