Child competes in state pageant

From Press Reports

Presley Love Buford of Mathiston represented the area of east Mississippi as Teeny Miss East Mississippi in the statewide Little Miss and Mr. Magnolia State Pageant finals in Vicksburg on July 28-29.

More than 260 contestants ages 0-11 competed in the state finals to win one of the coveted titles of Little Miss or Mr. Magnolia State.

This pageant is unique in that the children do not wear pageant dresses or anything fake, such as hairspray tans. The winners of each division received cash scholarships for their future educations. To see the photos of the newly crowned state winners and list of contestants’ accomplishments, visit the website at

Presley placed ninth in her division, which included 25 contestants. She also was second alternate in Most Photogenic. Presley also sold five pages of ads and in doing so received a 3-foot trophy as well as a crown for that.

She thanked her community for making the weekend possible and expressed special thanks to each of these for their support: Mr. and Mrs. Ted Wilson, SuperValu, Murphy Medical Supply LLC, HomeSource, Central Service Grill, Allen Rowe Mobile Homes, Farm Bureau, Rekab’s, Devin Hitt, Trace-Way, Woodmen of the World, Sonic, Mia Pogue, Southern Belle, Randy Rico, Mr. and Mrs. Tim Mitchell, Hammond’s Pharmacy and Coach Mike Montgomery.

Presley is the daughter of Josh and Samantha Buford of Mathiston, the granddaughter of Larry and Fairy Love of Mathiston, the granddaughter of Ray and Diane Reed and the late Dan Buford of Eupora, and the great-granddaughter of Ruth Cash of Mathiston.

Presley previously won the title of Most Beautiful at a Miss Magnolia State Preliminary Pageant in Starkville, which earned her the honor of being crowned Teeny Miss East Mississippi and the opportunity to compete in the Miss Magnolia State Pageant.