ROANOKE, Va -

It's an annual tradition for the Roanoke Valley, the Miss Virginia Pageant. Contestants arrived at the Hotel Roanoke on Sunday afternoon and so far, have had rehearsals, and photo shoots.

Today contestants posed by the grand staircase in their evening gowns and then went poolside for the traditional swimsuit and gown photo shoots.

Preliminary competitions are Thursday and Friday at the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre. The final night of competition will be held on Saturday night.

Your Hometown News Leader will be following the pageant all week and will be bringing you all the latest leading up to the crowning of Miss Virginia 2013.

Miss Virginia 2013 will also be live on WDBJ7 Sunday Morning for her first official television interview.