Fashions: The Miss Connecticut contestants show their elegance in evening gown

by MIKE CHAIKEN

EDITIONS EDITOR

The evening gowns chosen by the contestants for Miss Connecticut is often a closely guarded secret until the night of preliminaries.

So the preliminary event is the first chance anyone outside of the contestants closest confidantes have seen the gowns.

The preliminary competition was held Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret.

In the preliminary events, Miss Naugatuck Valley Jonet Nichelle won the talent preliminary award and Miss Windham County Colleen Ward won the health and fitness award.

This is what the contestants wore for evening gown.

PHOTOS by MIKE CHAIKEN

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Miss Naugatuck Valley Jonet Nichelle

Miss Naugatuck Valley Jonet Nichelle

MIss Oxford Kaitlyn Bogue

MIss Oxford Kaitlyn Bogue

Miss Forestville Jillian Duffy

Miss Forestville Jillian Duffy

Miss Litchfield County Joanna Shields

Miss Litchfield County Joanna Shields

Miss Litchfield County Joanna Shields

Miss Litchfield County Joanna Shields

Miss Wolcott Alexa Farrell

Miss Wolcott Alexa Farrell

Miss Wolcott Alexa Farrell

Miss Wolcott Alexa Farrell

Miss Greater Rockville Danielle Sturgeon

Miss Greater Rockville Danielle Sturgeon

Miss Windham County Colleen Ward

Miss Windham County Colleen Ward

Miss Windham County Colleen Ward

Miss Windham County Colleen Ward

MIss Greater Watertown Natascia Simone

MIss Greater Watertown Natascia Simone

Miss New Haven County Cara Ann Cama

Miss New Haven County Cara Ann Cama

Miss Hockanum Valley Pippa Leigh

Miss Hockanum Valley Pippa Leigh

Miss Stamford Fiona Lowenstein

Miss Stamford Fiona Lowenstein

Miss Bristol Gina Salvatore

Miss Bristol Gina Salvatore

Miss Bristol Gina Salvatore

Miss Bristol Gina Salvatore

Miss Southington Val Voccio

Miss Southington Val Voccio

Miss Southington Val Voccio

Miss Southington Val Voccio