Chad Braithwaite

Miss Utah 2013 Ciera Pekarcik will retire her crown this week when a new Miss Utah — chosen from a field of 48 young women from across the state — is crowned Saturday.

Preliminary competitions will take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City. The final night of the pageant, where the field of 48 will be narrowed to a small group of finalists prior to the evening's competition, will take place Saturday.

More than 700 girls throughout Utah compete in local pageants that feed into the Miss Utah pageant, with the 48 titleholders using their year of service to highlight their chosen platform issues. The Miss Utah pageant is affiliated with the Miss America Organization, which is the world's largest scholarship provider for young women.

Here's a look at the 48 contestants vying for the Miss Utah 2014 title. They are presented in competition order, which dictates which events they will compete in during each night of preliminaries.

Miss Roy
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Brittni Strickland

Talent: Contemporary Dance "How To Save a Life"

Platform: Never Give Up — Suicide Awareness

Miss Beaver County
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Taylor Hutchings

Talent: Dance "Fever"

Platform: "Hope for a Future" — Suicide Prevention

Miss Iron County
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Miranda Blackwell

Talent: Fiddle Piece "Cripple Creek/Devil's Dream"

Platform: Water Safety

Miss Panoramaland
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Mallory May Rogers

Talent: Vocal "Hallelujah"

Platform: For Every Body

Miss American Fork
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Katherine Ellis

Talent: Dance "Stand By Me"

Platform: Stand Together — Preserving Cultural Heritage

Miss Cache Valley
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Karlie Major

Talent: Character Jazz Dance "Forget About the Boy"

Platform: Get Real — Embracing a Positive Body Image through Media Smarts

Miss Uintah County
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Caitlin Woods

Talent: Lyrical Dance "Because of You"

Platform: An Addiction-Free Life

Miss Uintah Basin
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Anne Wilkins

Talent: Jazz Dance "Lipstick"

Platform: Hands Down 4 Success

Miss Eagle Mountain
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Ashton Glass

Talent: Aerial Dance "Tango Amore"

Platform: No Kid Hungry

Miss Payson
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Emily Hayes

Talent: Piano "Bumble Boogie"

Platform: The Choice is Yours

Miss Orem
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Sydney Flanigan

Talent: Contemporary Dance "Read All About It"

Platform: Inspiring Education

Miss Draper
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Kelsey Blaser

Talent: Broadway Dance "The Life of the Party"

Platform: Skin Cancer/Melanoma Awareness

Miss Sandy
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Lindsey Lloyd

Talent: Violin "Micheal Jackson Medley"

Platform: Sunscreen for Life: Education for the Eradication of Preventable Skin Cancer

Miss Emery County
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Jaicelyn Shakespaere

Talent: Pop Vocal "At Last"

Platform: Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

Miss Legacy
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Chelsi Lukens

Talent: Pop Vocal "And I Am Telling You, I'm Not Going"

Platform: Love is Respect: Relationship Abuse Awareness & Prevention
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Miss Wasatch County
Miss Utah Organization

Name: McKenna King

Talent: Power Tap "Sing, Sing, Sing"

Platform: Confidence from Head to Taps

Miss Spanish Fork
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Katina Burt

Talent: Saxophone Solo "Rhapsody in Blue"

Platform: It Takes a Village: Education Help for Underprivileged Children

Miss Carbon County
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Brielle Bogdin

Talent: Jazz Routine "Sun of a Gun"

Platform: Gun Safety Education

Miss Bear River Valley
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Kassidy Williams

Talent: Contemporary Dance "I Was Here"

Platform: Go Red For Women — Love Your Heart

Miss Sanpete County
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Kristalyn Cluff

Talent: Vocal "On My Own"

Platform: Choose to Live: Combating Anxiety and Depression Among Teens

Miss South Jordan
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Melody Clyde

Talent: Contemporary Ballet "Titanium/Pavane"

Platform: Building Strength Despite Adversity — A Cystic Fibrosis Story

Miss Syracuse
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Jaycee Brown

Talent: Violin Performance "Wieniawski Scherzo Tarentelle"

Platform: Encouraging Dental Hygiene in Children

Miss Utah County
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Hannah Harkness

Talent: Piano Performance "Flight of the Bumblebee"

Platform: Ready Behind the Wheel

Miss Nebo
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Kassie Nielson

Talent: Vocal "Somewhere"

Platform: Digital Addiction: The New Drug — Time To Detox

Miss Farmington
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Jazmin Kitchen

Talent: Monologue "Gray Matter"

Platform: Gaining Self Confidence

Miss Davis County
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Bailey Johnson

Talent: Lyrical Dance "This Woman's Work"

Platform: Arts in Education

Miss Rocky Mountain
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Shannon Oveson

Talent: Marimba Solo "Eruption of Sakurajima"

Platform: Education: The Key to Opportunity

Miss Provo
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Sasha Heaps

Talent: Dance "Fly"

Platform: Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention

Miss Santaquin
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Kristen Robbins

Talent: Violin

Platform: Education and Cooperation to Ensure the Future of American Agriculture

Miss Millard County
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Sierra Blad

Talent: Jazz Dance "Time After Time"

Platform: You Can Overcome Life's Obstacles (Y.O.L.O.)

Miss Washington County
Miss Utah Organization

Name: McCall Spears

Talent: Character Jazz Dance "Jail House Rock"

Platform: Buckle Up and Stop Texting

Miss Utah State University Eastern
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Harley Earl

Talent: Vocal Solo "Little Wonders"

Platform: Increasing Physical Activity Through Sports Participation

Miss Murray
Miss Utah Organization

Name: McCall Gray

Talent: Character Dance "Popular"

Platform: Hope For Alzheimer's

Miss Pleasant Grove
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Lauren Wilson

Talent: Dance "Skinny Love"

Platform: With Help Comes Hope — Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Miss Dixie State
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Shaelie Rae Knutson

Talent: Vocal/Dance "A Little Party"

Platform: Big Brothers Big Sisters — Mentoring Little by Little

Miss Pioneer Valley
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Kelby Tyler

Talent: Piano Solo "A Minor Piano Concerto"

Platform: Diabetes Awareness — A Reason to Believe in a Cure

Miss Riverton
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Morgan Grillone

Talent: Pop Vocal and Guitar "Part of Me"

Platform: Depression Awareness and Spreading Self Confidence

Miss Utah Valley University
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Abbey Eyre

Talent: Lyrical Dance "Hope"

Platform: The Vice of Virtual Validation-Getting Beyond the "Like" Button to Strengthen Healthy Human Interaction

Miss Springville-Mapleton
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Madison Tormey

Talent: Piano "Rock Meets Rachmaninoff"

Platform: The Dangers of Distracted Driving

Miss Pacific Islander
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Whitney Matagi

Talent: Dance "(You're the) Devil in Disguise"

Platform: Embrace Your Ability

Miss Herriman
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Kali Buhler

Talent: Vocal "I'm a Star"

Platform: Give a Little, Change a Life — Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Utah

Miss Greater Salt Lake
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Jessica Connolly

Talent: Classical Ballet "Don Quixote"

Platform: W.E. C.A.R.E. (Women Empowerment and Child Abuse Relief)

Miss Lehi
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Dania Rice

Talent: Dance "Believe"

Platform: Addiction Prevention Through Education

Miss Weber County
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Cierra Mullins

Talent: Spanish Style Dance "El Tango De Roxanne"

Platform: Volunteer Work "Just Because"

Miss Garfield County
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Baylee Palmer

Talent: Piano Solo "Whitewater Chopsticks"

Platform: Healthy Smiles=Happy Smiles

Miss Salem
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Madeline Larsen

Talent: Vocal "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

Platform: "Do Your Part, Be Water Smart — Water Safety"

Miss Duchesne County
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Alexis Adams

Talent: Piano "Within"

Platform: It Starts With One

Miss Northern Utah County
Miss Utah Organization

Name: Kira Hannemann

Talent: Pop Vocal "I'm Going Down"

Platform: Embracing Cultural Diversity