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FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. – Hooters girls from the greater St. Louis area will convene on the restaurant's Fairview Heights location next week to compete for a spot in the 18th annual Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant.

The girl who wins the regional contest Wednesday, May 7 will travel to Las Vegas in July to compete for the title of Miss Hooters International 2014.

Hillary Cook, the St. Louis area's winner over the last two years will back to defend her title, trying to make herself a three-time champion. She also earned a spot in in the 2012 Hooters Calendar as Miss July.

The pageant will begin at 7:30 p.m. and open to the public, with the restaurant offering food and drink specials for the night.

Cruise through our some of the photos we took last year in the gallery below:

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