Miss Carbon County Competes in the Miss Utah Competition


The 2024 Miss Utah Competition took place from June 12 to June 15, with Miss Carbon County Skylynn Basso in attendance. She was contestant number one out of 51 girls that competed.

Basso was escorted by Little Miss Carbon County Payton Marelli, who was an honorary Honey Bee for the week. There were four phases of competition, which were private interview, talent, onstage question and evening gown. Basso’s talent was contemporary dance.

During the competition, Basso was also able to advocate for her service initiative, which is Safe Steps – Safe K.I.D.S. The week was a busy one, filled with many events.

The first event was on Tuesday and was the “Show Us Your Shoes Parade”, which took place at the shops at Riverwoods in Provo. Basso explained that she had decided to pay tribute to the legacy that is Carbon County’s coal miners.

“These aren’t just shoes; they’re a symbol of the tireless work ethic and resilience of miners like my Grandpa Sam Martino, who dedicated over 40 years to the mines & the United Mine Workers of America,” said Basso. “The coal mining heritage of Carbon County, dates back to the 19th century, it was built on the backs of these hardworking individuals.”

In wearing shoes that were inspired by the sturdy boots of a coal miner, Basso honored her grandfather and his fellow miners. She stated that she carried their enduring spirit with every step, which was a respectful nod to a past that continues to shape the future.

The week continued with preliminary competitions at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, followed by the final competition on Saturday evening.
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