Two Beauty Queens to be Crowned in Kansas

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Two crowns will be at stake this weekend in Lawrence.

The Miss Kansas USA and Miss Teen Kansas USA pageants are being held in Lawrence for a third year.

The preliminary rounds take place today at the Lied Center.

The finals are slated for 6:45 p.m. tomorrow.

Thirty contestants from across the state will compete in the teen competition and 26 are scheduled to compete for the 2009 Miss Kansas USA crown.

The winners go on to the national Miss USA and Miss Teen USA competitions.

Throughout the weekend, they will have to impress judges in an evening gown and swimsuit competitions and an interview.

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