BRISTOL, Tenn. – Kayla Neikirk of Watauga, Tenn., was crowned Miss Food City 2014 during the 21st Annual Miss Food City Pageant held Oct. 12 at the Paramount Center for the Arts in downtown Bristol, Tenn. Seventeen contestants competed during the event, which showcases young women from across the region.
“I am still in shock and beyond excited to be chosen as Miss Food City 2014,” said Neikirk, a 21-year-old student at East Tennessee State University.
Neikirk is employed by Express of Johnson City. She enjoys playing music, shopping and hunting. Her accomplishments include paying for her own education, graduating in May with a bachelor of science degree and being a successful self-employed musician. Neikirk aspires to obtain a master’s degree in nutrition to become a registered dietitian.
She will represent Food City during its sponsorship of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Food City 500 and the Nationwide Series Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway and other race and company related activities throughout 2014.
“We would like to thank each of our contestants for their participation in the Miss Food City Pageant and commend them for their many talents and accomplishments,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer.
First runner-up was Azlinn Hope Alder of Jefferson City, Tenn., and second runner-up was Jessica Di-anne Larkin of Johnson City, Tenn. Neikirk was also selected as Miss Photogenic. Neikirk succeeds Alex Honeycutt of Johnson City, Tenn., who held the title of Miss Food City 2013.
The pageant was directed by the ladies of the Twin City Woman’s Club, with event proceeds benefitting their sponsored projects and charities.