Each year, the Miss Food City 500 Pageant is a highly popular event.  The 2008 edition showcased 17 young women from across the region.  Each girl entered the beautiful Paramount Center for the Arts in downtown Bristol, TN with hopes of winning the title of Miss Food City 2008.

When the moment arrived, it was Jennifer Whittington of Pounding Mill, VA who was crowned 2008 Miss Food City.  Jennifer is a 23 year-old student at the Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, TN.  "I was completely shocked when the announcer called my name, but it has been an incredible honor and a blessing to be crowned Miss Food City 500. I would like to personally congratulate all of the other contestants on a job well done and thank them for the friendship and memories that we have all made," Whittington commented.

Jennifer will represent Food City during the Food City 500 and the Food City 250 NASCAR events at Bristol Motor Speedway during 2008.  In addition to those responsibilities, Jennifer will represent Food City at various other company events.

Jennifer enjoys relaxing with family and friends, going to church, volunteering in her community, hiking, running, playing with her dog, and is a NASCAR enthusiast.  She is looking forward to the opportunity to use her medical experience to care for her patients and at the same time make them feel valued and comfortable. She plans to graduate from medical school and complete a residency in General Surgery/Trauma Surgery.

Steve Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer said, "Each one of the young ladies who entered are to be commended and we thank them for their participation in the Miss Food City Pageant. We are extremely proud to have Jennifer representing Food City and we know that she will be an excellent spokesperson for our company."

First runner-up was Lindsey Blevins from Wise, Virginia and second runner-up was Bethany Waddell from Greeneville, Tennessee.  Ashley Gibson from Kingsport, TN was named Miss Photogenic.  Jennifer replaces Britney Hagy from Abingdon, Virginia who held the title of Miss Food City 2007.

The 2008 Miss Food City Pageant was a tremendous success and the result of a great deal of hard work on the part of the event organizers.  "We want to thank everyone who has worked in making this event such a success, especially the members of the Twin City Woman's Club who have worked so hard in directing the event, WXBQ and Reggie Neel, the Paramount Center for the Arts and of course our Food City associates and the many others who have volunteered their time and efforts," added Smith.

Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores operates 94 retail food outlets throughout the tri-state regions of Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.

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