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Miss California competition returns to Fresno

Forty-one contestants from across the Golden State arrived in Fresno on Monday to kick off the 25th straight Miss California competition in the city.

The contestants visited Fresno City Hall, meeting with Fresno Mayor Lee Brand.

Competition begins Wednesday and runs through Saturday with a new Miss California crowned for the 2020 Miss America competition.

The incumbent Miss California, Mackenzie Freed, is a Lodi resident and graduate from California Baptist University.

The San Joaquin Valley is fielding the following contestants:

Lauren Herring – Miss City of Fresno

Age: 23
Attending: Fresno State
Talent: Dance/Jazz
Social Impact Initiative: Learn Like a Girl: Women in STEM

Marion Carpenter – Miss Fresno County

Age: 20
Attending: Fresno State
Talent: Vocal
Social Impact Initiative: Agricultural Education

Gaby Muro – Miss Merced County

Age: 18
Attending: San Francisco State
Talent: Monologue
Social Impact Initiative: Epilepsy Awareness

Meghan Verheul – Miss Kings County

Age: 18
Attending: Fresno State
Talent: Dance/Ballet
Social Impact Initiative: Leadership in Youth

Taelor Hire – Miss Tulare County

Age: 19
Attending: Clovis Community College
Talent: Vocal
Social Impact Initiative: The Opioid Crisis

Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.