Reporter: David Tate
Roanoke, VA - This week kicks off the final stretch for 26 young ladies vying to be this year's Miss Virginia.
Monday, the women spent time rehearsing and getting in a couple of photo shoots.
Preliminary stages of the competition get underway Thursday and Friday with a new Miss Virginia being crowned on Saturday.
You can catch the final night of competition right here on ABC 13 Saturday beginning at 9 p.m.