Delaware joined the Miss America Pageant family in 1933 with its first
representative, Victoria George. Through the early years the pageant was not an annual event due to the world wars and other economic conflicts which suffered throughout the nation.
In 1966, the Miss Delaware Pageant moved to Convention Hall in Rehoboth Beach, a resort oriented community similar to Atlantic City. For over 30 years the merchants and citizens of Rehoboth Beach and the State of Delaware have continued to support the largest scholarship foundation for women in the world. In 2006 Miss Delaware Pageant moved to Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, the Capital of the First State.
In 1969, with the help of Senator Richard Cordrey, Miss Delaware became the Official Hostess to the state. The original Rehoboth Beach franchise was held by the Chamber of Commerce and the pageant directors were chosen from its membership. In 1973, a board of directors was chosen and the Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization was born. To this date a board holds the franchise.
In 1972, Catherine Lawton was the first Miss Delaware to be named as a Preliminary
Talent Winner and selected for the top ten in the Miss America Pageant. She traveled with the U.S.O. Troupe overseas to entertain U.S. Servicemen. In 1976, Debora (Day) Lipford and 2010, Kayla
Martell were also named to the top ten in the Miss America Pageant. Galen Giaccone was also named as a top fifteen finalist at the 2009 Miss America Pageant. Other state title holders have
gone on to win swimsuit, talent, congeniality and non-finalist talent awards.
The Miss Delaware Pageant is a not-for-profit organization that is the official state preliminary for the Miss America Pageant. The Miss America Pageant is a scholarship-based program. Visit our History Page for more information! To learn more about Miss America visit www.missamerica.org.