Miss Thousand Islands pageant calls it quits after 55 years

Miss Thousand Islands pageant calls it quits after 55 years
Miss Thousand Islands 2019, Rachel Salmon, just completed in the Miss New York State pageant. She could be the last Miss Thousand Islands as the organization dissolves. (Source: Miss Thousand Islands Organization)

CLAYTON, N.Y. (WWNY) - The longest preliminary in New York state for the Miss America pageant is calling it quits, saying its priorities no longer align with the parent organization.

The Miss Thousand Islands Pageant will not renew its franchise for 2020 and is dissolving as an organization.

The pageant has been a fixture in northern New York for more than half a century.

“It has been our team’s privilege to send a young woman to the Miss New York Pageant every year, and to mentor and work with some of the brightest individuals in our community,” co-executive director Shelby Cohen said in a release.

“However, the Miss America Organization has gone through immense changes in the last two years, and its priorities and criteria no longer align with those of our all-volunteer board of directors.”

Rachel Salmon of Turin is ending her rein as 2019′s Miss Thousand Islands and could possibly be the last.

She competed for Miss New York this past week in Peekskill. The Syracuse University student won the non-finalist talent award at the competition.

According to Cohen, past Miss Thousand Islands have finished in the Top 10 and Top 5 at Miss New York. One, Mary Hinterberger, captured the state crown in 1976 after Tawny Godin won Miss America.

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