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Swimwear Competition Removed in 2015 Miss Crustacean Pageant

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rittany Hinman, 15, of Crisfield, is one of nine contestants in the 2015 Miss Crustacean Pageant. (Photo: WBOC) rittany Hinman, 15, of Crisfield, is one of nine contestants in the 2015 Miss Crustacean Pageant. (Photo: WBOC)

CRISFIELD, Md.- Contestants in the Miss Crustacean Pageant in Crisfield can leave their swimsuits behind this year. The swimsuit competition has been replaced following concerns from the girls about "exposing their bodies."

Brittany Hinman, 15, of Crisfield, is one of nine contestants in the 2015 Miss Crustacean Pageant, which kicks off the 68th Annual National Hard Crab Derby taking place Sept. 4 at Somers Cove Marina

No stranger to pageants, this will be Hinman's 16th competition, but her first in the running for the Miss Crustacean crown. Hinman said she is excited, but a little nervous. As she gave WBOC a sneak at her radiant royal blue gown, accented with eye-popping jewels, she said she is very happy to leave her swimsuit behind this year.

"I was kind of nervous and scared because I don't feel comfortable getting on stage in a swimsuit," said Hinman, who acknowledged her initial anxiety when signing up for the competition.

Pageant Director Kathy Crockett said she had a tough time getting girls, between the ages of 15 and 18,  to sign up for the pageant this year. 

She said she learned why after asking her contestants.

"They don't like exposing themselves; that was the big thing, " Crockett said. "They feel they are a role model to the younger girls."

Crockett took the girls' concerns to the National Hard Crab Derby Association in Crisfield. She said board members agreed to eliminate the swimsuit competition and replace it with casual wear.

"I feel it's a positive change because more girls will feel comfortable getting on stage,"  Hinman said.

Crockett said she will see how this year works out with the removal. Decisions about swimwear will be made next year based on the outcome.

The Miss Crustacean Pageant will take place at 7 p.m. in the Crisfield High School Auditorium. Tickets will soon be on sale for $10 at the Marion Pharmacy and BB&T Bank. 

The pageant begins with a private interview. Wearing business attire, the girls will meet with the judges back stage. After the interview, contestants perform the opening number for the audience. Then, each girl introduces herself to the audience and thanks her sponsor.

The casual wear and evening competition will happen next.

The first winner announced is Miss Congeniality. Then Miss Photogenic. The court is announced by 4th place, 3rd place, 2nd place, 1st Runner Up and Miss Crustacean.

The winner gets a crown, a sash, a dozen roses, $1,000 cash, and many gifts and gift certificates from local businesses. Miss Crustacean will be an official representative of Crisfield. 

Her duties are to attend the weekend's festivities at the Crab Derby and festivities in Crisfield throughout the year. She may travel up and down the Shore attending events, all this according to the website.

The Little Miss and Little Mister Crustacean Pageant will be held Aug. 28. 

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