Taylor Tyson, Miss South Florida Fair 2018, has been crowned Miss Florida 2018. The nearly three-hour pageant took place on Saturday night at R P Funding Center’s Youkey Theatre in Lakeland. This is the first time a Miss South Florida Fair titleholder has won the Miss Florida crown.

Tyson was crowned by Miss Florida 2017, Sara Zeng of Palm Coast, who also presented her with a sash and a bouquet. With the Miss Florida crown comes a cash scholarship totaling $20,000 and a prize package worth more than $25,000.

Tyson, 23, who is from Jupiter, is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and a law student at Stetson University. She was crowned Miss South Florida Fair on January 13 at the 2018 South Florida Fair.

As Miss Florida, she will represent the State in the 2019 Miss America Pageant on September 9 in Atlantic City. She will compete with women from throughout the country for the title of Miss America and $55,000 in cash scholarships.

The Pageant was the culmination of five days of competition in Lakeland. Forty young women competed in preliminary rounds that included interview, evening gowns, lifestyle and fitness, talent and on-stage question categories. For her talent during the Pageant, Tyson, a classical pianist, performed “Mephisto Waltz.”

The South Florida Fair is produced by the South Florida Fair/Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and hosts the Miss South Florida Fair competition each January. Located at 9067 Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach, the 2019 South Florida Fair will kick off with its Ride-A-Thon at 5 p.m. on January 17 and the full fair will be held January 18 – February 3. For more information, call (561) 793-0333 or visit the website, http://www.southfloridafair.com.

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