OFFICIAL PAGEANT OF THE NATIONAL MUSCADINE FESTIVAL
SWEETWATER, TENNESSEE
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GENERAL INFORMATION ADMISSION
Adults - $3.00 Students: Free
Doors will open at 12:00 p.m. and pageant will be start at 12:30 p.m.

Pageant: Saturday, September 10, 2016
At Sweetwater Elementary School auditorium, 301 Broad Street Sweetwater, TN 37874
Registration: Application deadline is September 2, 2016

REGISTRATION FEE

Entry Fee: $40.00 (MANDATORY FEE)
Optional Category Fee: $20.00 (Optional Fee)
Age Groups: All contestants starting at age 4 must be currently enrolled in pre-k through 8th grade. Birth-1 year, 2-3 years, 4-5 years, 6-8 years, 9-11 years, 12-14 years (Directors have the right to split/ combine age groups)

COMPETITION EVENTS
Beauty wear: Each contestant must wear a dress that reflects her personality and style. This can be a Sunday dress to a pageant dress.
Optional Categories: Each contestant will be judged on Most personality, Prettiest Eyes, Prettiest Smile, Prettiest Hair, and Best Dressed. The People’s Choice category requires no entry fee. Anyone present can vote for their favorite contestant by placing cash in that contestant’s envelope located at the front of the stage. The contestant with the highest total overall will win the People’s Choice and crown.
Interview: Each contestant will be required to state their name, age and what they want to be when they grow up to the judges before they go on stage.
Title holders will be able to participate in the parade at the Muscadine Festival Saturday September 24, 2016.
Prizes:
Queen – Sash, trophy, and a crown
Princesses – tiara
Optional categories – sash

The Little Miss Muscadine Pageant will be sponsoring The Miss Muscadine Pageant’s Congeniality Award.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR CONTESTANTS

9:00 AM Dance routine practice and rehearsal
12:00 PM Lunch provided
1:00-3:00 PM Judges’ Interview
3:00-6:00 PM Contestant preparation for pageant (permitted to leave premises)
5:30 PM Contestants ready
6:00 PM Contestants in lounge
6:30 PM Pageant starts
**Each contestant may have one female assistant in the dressing area for preparation and the pageant.


DUTIES:
The winner will be required to make several appearances throughout the festival weekend (September 23-25, 2016) during the National Muscadine Festival in Sweetwater, TN. The winner is asked to participate in the ceremonies, parade and festivities. Conduct unbecoming the Muscadine Queen will result in immediate removal of the title and crown, with the First Runner-Up taking the crown, title and duties. The Muscadine Queen will be a spokeswoman for the National Muscadine Festival and shall possess the qualities expected of a representative of this festival. All contestants will win an award and be invited to participate in festival activities.
AGE: All contestants must be a currently enrolled freshman, sophomore, junior or senior in high school on the day of the pageant.


COMPETITION EVENTS
JUDGES’ INTERVIEW:
Each contestant must sit before a panel of judges for a five-minute
interview. Interview/professional attire is required.
OPENING ROUTINE: Each contestant will be required to learn a short choreographed routine
to open the show and introduce herself. Each contestant must wear black crop yoga pants
extending past the knee and a brightly colored sold t-shirt in which to perform a group routine.
CASUAL WEAR: Each contestant shall display her personality and poise through her selection
of a casual outfit, in which she will be required to perform a stage walk.
FORMAL WEAR: Each contestant must have a formal dress that reflects her personality and
Style. It will also be worn for the on-stage question and for crowning of the queen.
Judges’ Interview – 40%
Casual Wear – 20%
Formal Wear – 20%
Question – 10%
Self-expression (including opening routine) – 10%

The top 5% overall scoring contestants (based on 90% from above) will be chosen to answer an on-stage question. This question will account for the last 10% of the total score for the evening.


EXTRA COMPETITION EVENT

These events are optional and have no effect on the overall winner.
MOST PHOTOGENIC: Based on the submitted digital photo and decided by the judges prior to initial interview. To compete in this additional category, please add $20 to the registration fee. The winner of this award will receive a photo session by Doodle B Photography, which includes photo session, 11x14, 8x10, 5x7, 16 wallets and a CD of all photos taken.
RULES: Refer to additional document for all rules of eligibility and title holder requirements.
PRIZES: Each contestant will receive a participation prize. The winner will receive flowers, a tiara, a trophy, a sash, an outfit from Joseph Ribkoff and a $500 scholarship. The First Runner-Up will receive flowers, a trophy, a tiara and a $250 scholarship and will assume the duties of the queen if she is unable to complete her reign for any reason. The Second Runner-Up will receive flowers, a tiara and a trophy.
Trophies provided by The Minuteman Gift Shop, flowers, tiaras and sash provided by The Lily Pad Boutique; and the Ribkoff outfit provided by Joseph Ribkoff Designs, official sponsor of The Miss America Pageant.
ADS: Corporate sponsors, friends and/or relatives may purchase ads in the program to support the contestants. All ads must be submitted via email at jmorgan@sweetwatertn.net by August 29, 2016, in a ready-to-print format. We reserve the right to reject any ad with inappropriate content or from businesses who do not reflect the spirit of the pageant. Ads are professionally printed in black and white. Professional photos must include a copyright release from the photographer. A gift donated by The Lily Pad Boutique will be given to the contestant who sells the most ads based on total dollar amount. All money from the ads will go to the Miss Muscadine Pageant Scholarship Fund.

Ad pricing is as follows:
Full Page: $50 (up to 3 photos) Half Page: $25 (no more than one photo)
Ad Deadline: August 29, 2016

 

We appreciate and reward every Contestant participating in our Pageant! Our goal is to inspire confidence and positive character traits in each Contestant, while competing in a healthy, fun-filled, family oriented environment. Anyone showing poor conduct will be asked to leave.

ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS
ELIGIBILITY
In order to be eligible for the Miss Muscadine Festival Pageant, all contestants:
• Must not be married, have never been married and never had a marriage annulled.
• Must never have given birth to a child, cannot be pregnant or be a parent.
• Must be of good health and moral character.
• Must be a naturally born female and citizen of the United States.
• Must be a freshman through senior in high school on the day of the pageant.
• Must only collect the dollar amount for sponsorship set by the Muscadine Festival Committee.
REQUIREMENTS FOR TITLE HOLDER
• Must be available to participate in the activities of the National Muscadine Festival including but not limited to the parade on Saturday, September 24, 2016, the annual Sweetwater Christmas parade as well as be a spokeswoman of the festival.
• Must participate in next year’s National Muscadine Festival as a special guest and present the crown to the winner next year.
• Must participate in community service activities, fundraisers, and make public appearances during the reigning year.
• Must maintain a passing grade point average.
• Must keep a great attitude, be a positive role model for her peers, and maintain and uphold the honor and dignity of the Muscadine Festival Pageant.
• Must not be involved in any disciplinary actions, either at school or in the community.

If the Miss Muscadine titleholder fails to meet any of the eligibility or requirements listed above, she will be required to return all winnings and step down from her title. The runner-up will become the official titleholder.

Contact Information: For more information regarding rules, regulation, entry forms, prizes, etc. please contact City Hall at 423-337-6979.