Rose Heeb of Midland to vie for Miss South Dakota 2007 title

Rose Heeb, daughter of Dean and Cheri Heeb of Midland, is one of 26 young women from around the state who will compete for the title of Miss South Dakota 2007, June 6 through 9, at the Mueller Civic Center in Hot Springs.

Heeb's brother, Cecil, will be her escort, walking her down the walkway during the preliminaries of the evening gown event.

All contestants competed at local competitions throughout the state to qualify for the state pageant. Heeb had previously been awarded the title of Miss Brookings.

There will be dress rehearsals on Tuesday evening, June 5; preliminary competitions on Wednesday and Thursday; a gala on Friday; and the pageant finals on Saturday, June 9.

This year marks the pageant's 61st year in Hot Springs. The pageant theme is "You're Lookin' at Country" and features country music both old and new. Emcees are "Outback" survivor-turned-comedian Mitchell Olson and host and vocalist Shawn Cable of KELO-TV.

The 26 contestants will vie for scholarships and the chance to represent South Dakota at the Miss America pageant. The previous record number of contestants, 24, competed in 1965, according to Kristi Bauer Richter, executive director of the Miss South Dakota Pageant. Recent pageants have usually included between 13 and 16 contestants.

Current Miss South Dakota, Callee Bauman of Huron, has spent the year promoting her platform "America: Pump Ethanol!" and will be a featured entertainer at this year's pageant.

Also this year during the Miss South Dakota pageant, 16 young women will compete for the 2007 Miss South Dakota's Outstanding Teen title. The new titleholder will compete at the 2007 Miss America's Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando, FL, August 7 through 11.