UMHB to Host Annual TOUCHDOWNS Event and Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor Pageant This Weekend

BETON, TX—The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) is thrilled to host its annual TOUCHDOWNS event at Crusader Stadium, in conjunction with Down Syndrome Awareness Month, on Saturday, October 22. Also on Saturday, UMHB will perform its production of the 2023 Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor Pageant at 7 p.m. in the WW Walton Chapel.

At 11 a.m., members of the special needs community and their families are invited to attend the tailgate party at the Bawcom Student Union with the UMHB football team, Cru Cheer, Cru Spirit Band and Sader Beautiful. At halftime, athletes with special needs will have the opportunity to score a touchdown, cheer or dance on the field. Families and caregivers of children with special needs will receive free admission to the game against Sul Ross State University. Kick-off is at 1 p.m. To register your athlete with special needs, visit

Later that night, doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the Miss MHB 2023 Pageant. Tickets are available at the door for $7 each. The theme for this year’s contest is “A Night at the Disco” and will feature 18 contestants representing various student organizations and on-campus residence halls. Maya Allison, a senior social work major from Royce City, Texas, is the principal, and the assistant principals are Haley Daughtery, a senior health sciences major with an OT concentration from San Antonio, Texas, and Micaiah Kelly, a graduate student in council of Midlothian, Texas.

“The Lord taught me the importance of community through the Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor Pageant,” Maya Allison said. “These girls are so uplifting and caring for each other. Seeing the beauty of this community grow this semester has been the greatest blessing.”

Contestants spend five weeks training for the Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor pageant, starting in mid-September. Three alumni judges will score each contestant using four categories: 30% interview, 30% talent, 10% platform and 30% evening dress. To learn more, visit

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