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California Cinderella Pageant to have its state finals in Imperial County

Karina Bazarte sat down with one of the contestants and Director for the California Cinderella Pageant in Imperial County

EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - A magical state pageant will be hosted in the Imperial Valley for the very first time.  

Most girls dream of being Cinderella and this time the Valley will get to dream with them. 

"My favorite part about it… Meeting friends," said Gracie Bannasch, a contestant.

The California Cinderella State Pageant Finals are coming to the Imperial Valley.

"It's not kind of like the ones you see with the tiaras and tots. These are natural beauties emphasizing community service… We encourage the girls to kind of get out of their shell," said Jessi Preciado, Imperial County California Cinderella Director.

The California Cinderella State Pageant was established in 1974 and it welcomes ladies up to the age of 29.

40 girls from the state of California will be competing, seven of those girls are from the Imperial Valley including a three-year-old but this is not her first rodeo.

This will be Gracie's second time at the pageant and said her favorite color to wear is purple.

Gracie was not shy to show her walk in her living room.

The Director for the California Cinderella Pageant in Imperial County said contestants who win the overall division will get to compete in the internationals and have the chance to get scholarships.

The California Cinderella State Pageant will be taking place at the Jimmy Cannon Theater located at Southwest High School in May. 

Finals will be held on May 24th and 25th with the final show on the 26th. 

For tickets and how to take your little one to the California Cinderella Pageant, go to

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