Roanoke, VA - Some of the ladies involved with this year's Miss Virginia pageant took a little time to help out at the Roanoke Rescue Mission Wednesday.
Ladies from Miss Virginia Teen helped out in the cafeteria serving food and getting to know some of the residents of the Mission. Others used their talents to entertain the crowd.
Pageant officials say community service is an important part of the Miss Virginia experience.
"It's an eye opener because this is a week of glamour and glitz and sequins and rhinestones, and when you come here you get to see what life's really about; people who are suffering and trying to work hard to get through this economy," said Emily Huff, assistant director of Miss Virginia Outstanding Teen Program.
The Miss Virginia contest kicks off Thursday at the Roanoke Civic Center Performing Arts Center.
You can see the final night of competition live on ABC 13 Saturday at 9 p.m.