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The reigning Miss North Carolina, Carli Batson, speaks to the crowd during Tuesday’s red carpet arrival ceremony at the High Point Theatre. This year’s pageant competition begins today, with a new Miss North Carolina being crowned Saturday evening.

HIGH POINT — Long live the queens!

The Miss North Carolina Pageant returns to High Point this week, bringing with it more than 1,800 visitors — including the 57 young women competing for the Miss North Carolina and Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen crowns — and an estimated economic impact of more than $675,000.

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