Miss Alabama 2022 was crowned Saturday night at Samford University's Wright Center.

Lindsay Fincher, Miss University of Alabama, will go on to represent the state in the Miss America Competition.

Fincher, of Wedowee, is a graduate of the University of Alabama with degrees in dance and political science.

Fincher's social impact initiative is Catalyst Arts for All. She hopes to bring arts education to students across Alabama, with a focus on low-income school districts and rural communities.

Miss Alabama 2021, Lauren Bradford, who was first runner-up in the Miss America competition, passed the crown onto Fincher after a year of traveling the state representing the Miss Alabama organization.

Before the crowning of Miss Alabama, the top 12 contestants took to the stage for a red carpet evening gown event. The top 12 were:

Emma Wright, Miss Historic Springville

Abby Sosa, Miss Cullman County Fair

Hannah Adams, Miss Covered Bridge

Mary-Coker Green, Miss Shelby County

Kate Webb, Miss North Jefferson Area

Lydia Fisher, Miss Walker County

Lindsay Fincher, Miss University of Alabama

Ibby Dickson, Miss Jefferson County

Abbie Stockard, Miss Cahaba Valley

Taylor Blatchford, Miss Iron City

Brianna Burrell, Miss Mobile Bay

Emee Baldwin, Miss Hamilton

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Miss Alabama 2022 Top 12. Photo: Facebook.

Finally, the top five were announced. Those were:

Kate Webb, Miss North Jefferson Area

Lindsay Fincher, Miss University of Alabama

Abbie Stockard, Miss Cahaba Valley

Brianna Burrell, Miss Mobile Bay

Emee Baldwin, Miss Hamilton

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Miss Alabama Top 5. Photo: Facebook.

Other preliminary winners throughout the week were: Red Carpet - Hannah Adams, Miss Covered Bridge, Talent - Brianna Burrell, Miss Mobile Bay, Talent - Abbie Stockard, Miss Cahaba Valley, Red Carpet - Lindsay Fincher, Miss University of Alabama, Red Carpet - Ibby Dickson, Miss Jefferson County, Talent - Kate Webb, Miss North Jefferson Area, and Lindsay Fincher, Miss University of Alabama.

For the 100th anniversary event, several former Miss Alabama winners, including Heather Whitestone McCallum, Shannon Camper Chandler, Anna Laura Bryan Strider, Courtney Porter Orazine, Julie Coons Peterson, Tiara Pennington, Melinda Toole Gunter, and Jamie Langley Henderson, among others, took part in the entertainment for the competition.

The Miss Alabama organization is a not-for-profit that awards scholarships to women across the state. Along with self-confidence, contestants are able to develop skills such as interviewing and community service.

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