Due to the small number of contestants there were only two runners-up in each division last year. In Miss, both are returning. 2016 first runner-up Karly Fereday was also a semi-finalist in 2015 while second runner-up Joanna Nagle was competing for the first time. Miss Vermont's Outstanding Teen 2010 Erin Connor, who was second runner-up at Miss Vermont Teen USA 2013 (Madison Cota was also competing that year), is competing in Miss for the first time.
Four contestants have competed elsewhere: Daniella Doolen in New Hampshire, Lexia Gillette in Massachusetts, Maia-Jean Allo in Arizona (she was a semi-finalist in the Teen pageant last year) and Alyssa Sopenasky at Miss FL Teen USA 2007.
In the Teen competition, the only returning contestant is 2016 and 2015 second runner-up Kelsey Golonka.