JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — The Little Miss Hub City Pageant hosted by the Historic First Baptist Church has come to an end after 45 years.

"Our hope is that we have provided mentoring for young girls, ages 3-12, in the developing of attributes such as poise, personality, talent, public speaking, confidence and stage presence," pageant leader Geraldine Shaw-Yarbrough noted in the souvenir program book.

The pageant is coming to an end because the founder, Mabel Davis, died a few years ago and it got to be too much, Shaw-Yarbrough said.

"We just feel like the church is going in a different direction," she said, adding that there was also a lack of participants for some of the categories.

Shaw-Yarbrough and the other committee members have mixed emotions about the pageant ending, but agree that it is time to let it go.

The pageant was split into three sub-sections; Wee Miss, Little Miss and Junior Miss. The winner of Junior Miss received a $500 scholarship that the church would give to whichever college she attended.

Little Miss Hub City Pageant provided an outlet for young girls to gain confidence and poise.

"It has been a lot of hard work but when you see the outcome, it's very fulfilling," Shaw-Yarbrough said. "We're proud of where we've come from but were also proud of where we're going."

Many former winners and contestants bought advertisements and attended the final pageant, so it was great to see how much the pageant had impacted them, she said.