Ryedale’s Beth Carpenter romped into the final heats of Miss Scarborough and District for 2014.
The 20-year-old from Helmsley, who works as a carer for people with dementia, lost out in her challenge for the crown to 18-year-old Jess Gale, of Filey, but reached the top six on Saturday.
Despite the disappointment, Beth said the evening at the Flower of May holiday park in Lebberston had been a great experience and “so much fun.”
Organiser and judge Diane Yalezo said afterwards: “It’s awful when you’ve got to find a winner, because I think they should all win.”
The festivities were marred at the end of the night when a fight broke out after security staff told supporters of another contestant to stop booing.
Tension had built throughout the evening as the judging panel faced tough decisions in narrowing down the contestants, first to eight, then to six – at which point an element of the audience started barracking.
Mrs Yalezo took to the microphone and said: “I hope we don’t have any poor losers because it’s been a lovely night.”
Meanwhile, the contestants had all raised money for Martin House Children’s Hospice.
They competed in sections which included little black dress, evening wear and the Miss Eco section in which they each modelled a dress they’d made themselves out of eco-friendly material.
Winner Jess, who has a part-time job at Miss Selfridge and also works on her family’s fairground business on Bridlington sea front, will now go through to the Miss England competition, the winner of which will go through to Miss World.
She said: “I’m so excited. I’m overwhelmed. It’s Miss England next and I’m just going to give it my best shot for Scarborough.”
Runner-up was Samia Galab, from Scarborough, who hopes to be a professional actress and has already tasted the limelight with an appearance on ITV’s Take Me Out around three years ago, when she won a trip to the Isle of Fernando.
She now holds the title of Miss North Yorkshire and will go through to the semi final of Miss England 2014.