One of the traditions of the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL) is the Miss Snowball Derby Pageant that takes place each year leading up to the big race.


This year, the pageant returns to the venue of Seville Quarters in historic downtown Pensacola, FL. where one lucky contestant will be crowned the new Miss Snowball Derby on Thursday, November 15.


Ladies 17 years of age or older are eligible to compete in the 2018 Miss Snowball Derby contest and females worldwide are encouraged to enter. The pageant presents a great opportunity for young women to represent their hometown and express their love of racing at the biggest pavement short track race of the season.


The women will compete in evening wear and casual wear to determine who will be awarded the $500 prize.


Last year, Mississippi’s Emmalee Hodge was crowned the 2017 Miss Snowball Derby and will return this time around to crown her successor.


“It’s been awesome,” Hodge said of her year as Miss Snowball Derby.  “It’s hard to put into words all of the experiences you have and people you meet. But my favorite event was, of course, the Snowball Derby.  It’s amazing how for your first event, you go out there and there’s so many people, so many fans.  It’s breathtaking to see that at a racetrack.”


Miss Snowball Derby’s responsibilities include representing Five Flags Speedway at as many Snowball Derby functions as possible, as well as being present for all victory lane photos, pre-race ceremonies and fan activities throughout the 51st Annual Snowball Derby.


“Don’t even think about it, just sign up and do it,” Hodge advised to anyone on the fence about entering.  “I’m from Mississippi, so I went all the way down to Pensacola for the pageant and I didn’t expect to win.


“Just be you,” Hodge added.  “That’s all you can be.”


No talent or pageant experience is necessary to enter the Miss Snowball Derby Pageant.  Winning contestants will reign for the term of one year by making personal appearances, together and as a group, representing Five Flags Speedway.


To register for the 5th Annual Miss Snowball Derby Pageant, visit


-By Melissa Strahley, Gulf Coast Editor

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Details Announced for 2018 Miss Snowball Derby Pageant