Miss Kansas Theresa Vail displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (AP) — The 2014 Miss America pageant is underway in Atlantic City — the place where it all began in 1921.
The nationally televised pageant is back in Boardwalk Hall, and judges Sunday night will choose a winner to succeed the current title-holder Mallory Hagan.
Her reign is being cut short because the pageant left Las Vegas, where it had been held the past six years and where a winner was selected each January.
The pageant pits 53 contestants — one from each state, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands — in swimsuit, evening gown, talent and interview competitions.
The winner will be crowned around 11 p.m. (0300 GMT Monday)