The 92nd Miss America beauty pageant will take place live on ABC at 9/8c Saturday from the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Miss America Preliminary Swimsuit Competition Photos  

Even before the pageant begins tonight, one contender has already been making headlines. Miss Montana Alexis Wineman made history as the pageant's first autistic contestant. 

Meanwhile, the 2013 Miss America pageant preliminary took place this week with 53 beauties in preparation for tonight's big event. The first phase of the competition began Tuesday with three nights of preliminary events. 

The first day of competition started on Tuesday where Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton did a tap dance show to "Money Can't Buy Me Love" won the talent portion and earned her a $2,000 scholarship, according to the organization's website. Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers won the first round of the Lifestyle and Fitness category in a white Catalina swimsuit, earning a $1000 scholarship

Miss Maryland Joanna Guy won the talent portion with her performance of "I Dreamed a Dream" from "Les Miserables," which helped her earn a $2,000 scholarship on the second day of the preliminary round. Guy was followed by Miss Illinois Megan Ervin who won the Lifestyle and Fitness competition in her Cataline swimwear, earning the $1,000 scholarship. 

Finally, on the third day of competition, Miss North Dakota Rosie Sauvageau won the talent portion and the $2,000 scholarship with a piano and vocal performance of "To Make You Feel My Love," while Miss Washington Mandy Schendel won the $1,000 scholarship for the Lifestyle and Fitness portion in another white Catalina swimsuit, according to a press release by the pageant organization on Thursday.

The annual Miss America pageant has been a staple since it first began in 1921 and has become one of the largest providers of scholarship assistance for young women with $45 million that was made available for tuition use last year.

The organization seeks to provide a way for young women to reach their goals as well as uniting to a common cause of service to the community.

Click here for the live blog of the 2013 Miss America pageant at 9 p.m. E.T. 

Miss America 2013 Contestants Photos 

See the full list of the contestants below:

Miss Alabama: Anna Laura Bryan, 22

Miss Alaska: Debbe Jo Ebben, 23

Miss Arizona: Piper Stoeckel, 22

Miss Arkansas: Sloane Roberts, 19

Miss California: Leah Cecil, 22

Miss Colorado: Hannah Porter, 24

Miss Connecticut: Emily Rose Audibert, 21

Miss Delaware: Alyssa Murray, 20

Miss District of Columbia: Allyn Rose, 24

Miss Florida: Laura McKeeman, 23

Miss Georgia: Leighton Jordan, 19

Miss Hawaii: Skyler Kamaka, 22

Miss Idaho: Whitney Wood, 19

Miss Illinois: Megan Ervin, 23

Miss Indiana: MerrieBeth Cox, 22

Miss Iowa: Mariah Cary, 20

Miss Kansas: Sloane Lewis, 21

Miss Kentucky: Jessica Casebolt, 19

Miss Louisiana: Lauren Vizza, 22

Miss Maine: Molly Bouchard, 21

Miss Maryland: Joanna Guy, 21

Miss Massachusetts: Taylor Kinzler, 20

Miss Michigan: Angela Venditti, 24

Miss Minnesota: Siri Freeh, 22

Miss Mississippi: Marie Wicks, 23

Miss Missouri: Tippie Emmott, 21

Miss Montana: Alexis Wineman, 18

Miss Nebraska: Mariah Cook, 23

Miss Nevada: Randi Sundquist, 22

Miss New Hampshire: Megan Lyman, 21

Miss New Jersey: Lindsey Petrosh, 23

Miss New Mexico: Candice Bennatt, 23

Miss New York: Mallory Hytes Hagan, 23

Miss North Carolina: Arlie Honeycutt, 20

Miss North Dakota: Rosie Sauvageau, 24

Miss Ohio: Elissa McCracken, 21

Miss Oklahoma: Alicia Clifton, 21

Miss Oregon: Nichole Mead, 24

Miss Pennsylvania: Jordyn Colao, 22

Miss Puerto Rico: Kiaraliz Medina, 19

Miss Rhode Island: Kelsey Fournier, 23

Miss South Carolina: Ali Rogers, 20

Miss South Dakota: Calista Kirby, 24

Miss Tennessee: Chandler Lawson, 22

Miss Texas: DaNae Couch, 24

Miss Utah: Kara Arnold, 22

Miss Vermont: Chelsea Ingram, 23

Miss Virgin Islands: Aniska T. Tonge, 21

Miss Virginia: Rosemary Willis, 21

Miss Washington: Mandy Schendel, 22

Miss West Virginia: Kaitlin Gates, 20

Miss Wisconsin: Kate Gorman, 23

Miss Wyoming: Lexie Madden, 21