Mario Hilario to crown Miss RI on Saturday night

The Miss Rhode Island Pageant takes place tonight at Rhode Island College.

Sixteen women will compete for the title and to win thousands of dollars in scholarships.

The contestants will compete in five categories, including interview, lifestyle and fitness, talent, on-stage question, and evening gown.

The winner will represent Rhode Island at the Miss America competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey in September.

The event starts at 6 p.m. at Roberts Hall and features 2013 Miss Rhode Island winner Jessica Marfeo and NBC10's Mario Hilario, who is hosting the festivities.