Beauty queens prepare for Miss Florida pageant

  • Erin Winters, Miss Jacksonville USA, poses for photographs in the lobby of the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood Beach on Thursday. She is one of 71 contestants in Saturday night's Miss Florida USA pageant. Shadi Bushra / The Miami Herald

  • The 71 contestants for Miss Florida USA rehearsed for their upcoming pageant in the ballroom of the Westin Diplomat Hotel on Thursday. Shadi Bushra / Miami Herald

  • While one group of contestants learn their part of the opening number, another rest and watch. Shadi Bushra / Miami Herald

  • Hialeah native and current Miss Florida USA Michelle Aguirre poses for photographs in the lobby of the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood Beach on Thursday. She'll give up the crown after a new winner is named Saturday. Shadi Bushra / Miami Herald

  • Madison Brooke Read, Miss Emerald Coast USA, poses at the pool of the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood Beach Thursday. She'll be competing for the Miss Floirda title on Saturday. Shadi Bushra / Miami Herald

  • Val Pelinko of New York, left, takes a photograph of her husband, Amir Pelinko, with Miss Florida USA 2013, Michelle Aguirre. Shadi Bushra / Miami Herald

  • The 71 contestants for Miss Florida USA begin preparing for Saturday night's pageant. Shadi Bushra / Miami Herald

  • Contestants begin learning their part in the opening number of the Miss Florida USA pageant. Shadi Bushra / Miami Herald

  • A group of contestants learn their part of a dance routine while others watch. Shadi Bushra / Miami Herald

  • Miss Miami, Brittany Lugo, dances with some of the 70 other contestants for Miss Florida USA as they rehearsed for their upcoming pageant in the ballroom of the Westin Diplomat Hotel on Thursday. Shadi Bushra / Miami Herald

  • Brenda Santana, Miss Hollywood Beach USA, and Ashley Conley, Miss Jacksonville Beach USA, pose near the pool at the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood Beach on Thursday. Shadi Bushra / Miami Herald