(The following press release and photo were submitted to FOX23 from Hattiesburg’s local director of the Miss Hospitality organization. The local director tells FOX23 Callie Farris is pictured standing outside of Hattiesburg’s Visitors Center, currently closed due to COVID-19.)
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (March 25, 2020) Callie Farris was in the process of being named Hattiesburg’s representative for the 2020 Mississippi Miss Hospitality Competition, when the COVID-19 Pandemic struck the Pine Belt.
Normally, the crowning moment is a ceremony that includes a photographer, family and loved ones, and making cherished memories. This year looked a lot different, as Callie’s crowning was expedited so she could step into the vital role of Hattiesburg’s Miss Hospitality.
“We don’t know what the immediate future holds, but I do know that crowning moments don’t matter. Supporting my community, throughout one of its hardest times, does matter. I’m going to do everything I can to help ensure Hattiesburg thrives,” – said Callie Farris.
Miss Hospitality is tasked with promoting her hometown and state as a goodwill ambassador for economic development and tourism. Through the recent COVID-19 Pandemic, Callie’s role as Hattiesburg’s Miss Hospitality has shifted to become even more necessary.
Small businesses, arts & culture, shopping, dining, top-notch healthcare, universities and community events make Hattiesburg’s environment and quality of life invaluable. The economic impact of the Pandemic on these businesses has yet to be determined. A championing figure is needed now more than ever before. Callie is that champion, and is ready to support Hattiesburg through the COVID-19 Pandemic, and through its healing.
Callie Ann Farris, 21, is the daughter of Dana and Chris Farris of Oak Grove. She is a graduate of Oak Grove High School, and is currently at Mississippi State University pursuing a degree in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations. She will compete for the title of Mississippi’s Miss Hospitality July 17-18, at the Historic Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg.
Follow Callie’s journey on Instagram and Facebook @hattiesburgmisshospitality