Miss University of Central Arkansas Ashton Purtle won the Preliminary Artistic Expression in Talent Award and Miss Arkansas State University Bailey Moses won the Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit Preliminary Award on Wednesday, the opening night of the 79th Annual Miss Arkansas Pageant at Bank of the Ozarks Arena. From left are Miss Arkansas 2015 Loren McDaniel, Moses, Purtle and Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen 2016 Emily Brewer. Photography is courtesy of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant and You've Got The Look Photography.

Miss University of Central Arkansas Ashton Purtle won the Preliminary Artistic Expression in Talent Award and Miss Arkansas State University Bailey Moses won the Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit Preliminary Award on Wednesday, the opening night of the 79th Annual Miss Arkansas Pageant at Bank of the Ozarks Arena. From left are Miss Arkansas 2015 Loren McDaniel, Moses, Purtle and Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen 2016 Emily Brewer. Photography is courtesy of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant and You've Got The Look Photography.

Pageant prelims (updated with winners)

By Colbie McCloud The Sentinel-Record
This article was published July 7, 2016 at 4:00 a.m.

With 5-inch heels clacking on the Bank of the Ozarks Arena stage, 42 contestants stormed into the spotlight Wednesday for the opening night of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant, each hoping to win the final state crown up for grabs in the Miss America organization.

Alpha Award winners announced at the conclusion of Wednesday night's Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant preliminaries were Miss UCA Ashton Purtle, Arti...

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