Four young ladies will compete Friday evening for the title of Miss Route 66 and Miss Summerfest during the 23rd Annual Route 66 Summerfest celebration. Meet scholarship pageant contestant Arianna Young.

Four young ladies will compete Friday evening for the title of Miss Route 66 and Miss Summerfest during the 23rd Annual Route 66 Summerfest celebration. Last year’s winners, Marissa McCall and Gabrielle Townley, will crown the new Miss Route 66 and Miss Summerfest at the Rolla Downtown Bandshell located on the corner of 9th and Oak Streets. Along with various gifts, Miss Summerfest will receive a $500 scholarship and Miss Route 66 will receive a $750 scholarship. These scholarships have been provided with the support of Brewer Science, Metro Business College, Phelps County Bank, Brant Shockley Attorney at Law, NaCi+H2O Seafood Cuisine, and DisOrderly Conduct.

Arianna Young is a 17 year-old who will be attending her last year at Rolla High School this fall before going off to college. She plans to attend medical school at the University of Missouri in Columbia to become a neonatal surgeon. Arianna is a member of HOSA, which is for future health professionals. Arianna is a teacher at All God’s Children Daycare, where she is able to mold young minds into great leaders. She loves listening to a variety of genres of music, especially the 80’s and 90’s. Arianna also enjoys reading fiction novels, but she will read anything that seems intriguing to her.  She can’t wait to start her life in the medical field, as she has a passion for helping people and a compassionate heart—hoping one day, to have made an impact upon hundreds of people’s lives.

Friday’s festivities, start at 4 p.m., with a classic car display at the St. James Veteran’s Home, followed by a “cruise in” to Rolla. Marissa McCall and Gabrielle Townley will arrive with the contestants during this parade of vintage vehicles before the pageant kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Contestants will be interviewed Thursday afternoon and be judged on public speaking, formal wear, and on stage questions Friday evening.  
This annual June event originally began to promote downtown Rolla, however, it has evolved into an area wide celebration for all ages to promote old Route 66 and the beginning of summer. For more information and a full listing of events visit the Summerfest website at www.route66summerfest.com.