The Miss Firecracker Contest
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In a small Mississippi town, Carnelle Scott (known locally as "Miss Hot Tamale") is rehearsing for the Miss Firecracker Contest – hoping that a victory will salvage her tarnished reputation and allow her to leave town in a blaze of glory. The unexpected arrival of her cousin, a former Miss Firecracker winner, complicates matters a bit. Aided by a touchingly awkward seamstress, and several other cheerfully nutty characters, Carnelle perseveres - leading to a denouement of unparalleled hilarity, compassion and moving lyricism as all concerned finally escape their unhappy pasts and turn hopefully toward what must surely be a better future.