Miss Delaware, 24, loses crown for being too old

Miss Delaware, 24, loses crown for being too old

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At left, a tearful Amanda Longacre of Bear describes receiving word from the Miss Delaware Pageant that she had lost her crown Thursday. At right, Brittany Lewis speaks after inheriting the crown Thursday night at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino.

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by ROBIN BROWN

The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 9:10 AM

DOVER, Delaware — A new Miss Delaware was crowned Thursday after the one selected earlier this month got the boot — for being too old.

Brittany Lewis, 24, originally the contest's first runner-up as Miss Wilmington, got the sparkly crown Thursday night in a brief ceremony at the Dover Downs Hotel Casino.

With her new title comes scholarship money, a year's contract as Miss Delaware and a September shot at Miss America in Atlantic City — all lost by Amanda Longacre, also 24.

The Miss America Organization website says contestants must be 17 to 24 years old.

Longacre will turn 25 in October.

Numerous calls to officials at the national and state organizations seeking comment were not returned Thursday.

Longacre won the title June 14, but was disqualified because of her age.

"Following the Miss Delaware Pageant, it was determined that Amanda Longacre exceeded the age requirement in order to be eligible to compete therefore, the Miss Delaware 2014 title is awarded to Brittany Lewis," the organization said in a release. "The Miss Delaware Pageant is proud to congratulate Brittany and wishes Amanda the very best on her future endeavors."

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