Thank you for joining the Miss Madison County Fair Queen Pageant family. You are in for a very fun and exciting summer. By participating in the Miss Madison County pageant, you will gain skills in interview, stage presence, and public speaking that will be valuable to any career path you pursue. You will also gain lifelong friendships with the other contestants. I am so excited to have each of you join us this summer and I cannot wait to get to know you all.
The Miss Madison County Fair Queen Pageant is a preliminary pageant to the Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant. The Miss Madison County Queen will be the ambassador of the Madison County Fair and will devote her year to traveling across the state to other county fairs advocating the importance of county fairs and agriculture. She will also make appearances across the county and will recruit for the Madison County Fair Queen Pageant. The Madison County Queen will qualify to represent Madison County at the Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant. This pageant takes place in Springfield, Illinois at the Crowne Plaza hotel. Here, the Madison queen and 70 other county queens will spend the weekend competing towards the coveted state fair title. This weekend is very fun, busy, and stressful, however it is a once in a lifetime experience that you will never forget.
The entry fee to participate in the Miss Madison County Fair Queen Pageant is $75.00. This money can be raised by sponsors and/or family and friends.
Finally, I just want to thank you again for your interest in our pageant, our goal is to make this pageant as inexpensive and fun for everyone! Please review the remainder of the contestant packet to learn more about our pageant. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to ask me! I am here to help each of you on your journey to becoming the next Miss Madison County Fair.
Wishing you crowning moments,
Miss Madison County Fair Queen Pageant Director
35% Personal Interview
20% Evening Gown
10% Facial Beauty
You will have a 4 minute private interview with the judges. There will be 3 judges sitting at a table, where you will be sitting across from them in a chair. You must wear a skirted suit or dress. You may not wear pants into the interview. Make sure your skirt is not cut too high above the knee, or you will be “exposed” when you sit down in front of the judges. I strongly recommend wearing a suit, however it is not mandatory.
You will have a 1 minute speech that you will need to prepare. The speech is not timed; however, please limit it to 1 minute, as that is the requirement for the Miss Illinois County Fair Queen pageant. The speech can be on any topic that you choose. I recommend writing a speech on something related to YOU! Let the judges have another chance to learn more about who you are.
You will be judged in an evening gown of your choosing. The only recommendations I have is to make sure the evening gown looks great on YOU! Do not pick something that doesn’t fit you right and something you are not comfortable in.
You will be judged in a swimsuit of your choosing. The swimsuit must be a one-piece swimsuit and approved by the Madison County Director. It may not cut above the hip or show too much cleavage. The swimsuit may be any color and style.
After the opening number, you will introduce yourself for the first time on stage. You will introduce yourself in your opening number outfit.
This category is simply for your overall appearance. I would not recommend wearing heavy black or brown eye shadow or other makeup because it will look like mud under the stage lights. Choose makeup and hair styles that compliment your overall personality.
Tentative Pageant Day Schedule
8:30am Arrive to the interview location fully dressed with hair and makeup ready.
9:00am Interviews will begin
11:00am – 11:30pm Lunch with contestants and judges
12:00pm All contestants must be back stage in the dressing rooms
12:30pm The doors will open to the auditorium
-Advanced reserved seating can be purchased
1:00pm Pageant begins
Following the pageant there will be a brief reception to congratulate each contestant on their hard work and successes and ensure each finalist and award recipient receives their scholarships and/or gifts. The new queen will be required to attend events for the that evening and for the rest of the week.
Miss Madison County Fair Queen 2015-This will be awarded to the contestant with the highest points. The queen will receive a crown and sash to be worn at all appearances and events.
1st Runner-up Miss Madison County Fair Queen 2015
-This will be awarded to the contestant with the 2nd highest points. The first runner-up will receive prizes TBA.
2nd Runner-up Miss Madison County Fair Queen 2015
-This will be awarded to the contestant with the 3rd highest points. The second runner-up will receive prizes TBA.
Miss Heart of Hartlieb
-This award will be voted on by the contestants, fair board and pageant committee. Each contestant will vote for one contestant that they feel was the most outgoing and friendly to each of the contestants. Miss Hart of Hartlieb will receive a sash and/crown and scholarship
-This will be awarded to the contestant that raises the most money/votes from the audience. Each contestant will have their picture next to a box that any member of the audience may put money into. People’s Choice will receive a plaque.
-This will be awarded to the contestant that raises the most money from sponsors and/or fundraising. Each of you will receive a sponsorship packet that will help you in contacting local businesses in your area to gain sponsorship money for the pageant. Our pageant would not be able to survive without our sponsors and annual fundraiser. This year’s fundraiser is TBA. Sponsorship award is TBA.
SAMPLE Contestant Bio
All materials/questions must be typed
MISS MADISON COUNTY FAIR QUEEN PAGEANT 2014
HIGH SCHOOL AND GRADUATION DATE
COLLEGE AND CAREER PLANS:
HOBBIES AND INTERESTS:
ESSAY QUESTIONS (Please limit responses to space provided)
What do you hope to achieve during your reign if you were chosen as Miss Madison County 2015?
In your opinion, what is the importance of the Madison County Fair to our community?