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Miss America Contestants Get Saucy At Pre-Pageant Feast

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There she is, Miss America…with a meatball in her mouth?!

The 2013 Miss America contestants got saucy and stuffed their pretty faces with Italian food during a pre-pageant feast at Buca di Beppo restaurant in Las Vegas.

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In the fun pre-competition Saturday night event, the 53 gals took part in Buca’s marinara handprint ceremony before dining on the restaurant’s signature dishes, such as spaghetti and half pound meatballs, caprese salad, chicken limone, and colossal brownie sundaes.

The beauty queens had a blast at the Sin City branch of the casual restaurant chain, as Miss Louisiana Lauren Michele Vizza and Miss Maryland Joanna Guy gave each other a marinara sauce high five; Miss Florida Laura McKeeman and Miss California Leah Cecil stirred the pot; and Miss District of Columbia Allyn Rose and Miss Alabama Anna Laura Bryan dug into the giant plate of pasta and meatballs!

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The competitors also posed with footballs to represent their favorite NFL and NCAA teams.

The 86th annual Miss America pageant takes place at Vegas’ Planet Hollywood and will air live on Saturday night on ABC at 9 pm with The Bachelor‘s Chris Harrison and Brooke Burke-Charvet of Dancing with the Stars hosting.

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