LOCAL PAGEANT - Miss Georgia

Effective: March 1, 2012
1. A contestant must be a citizen of the United States of America.
2. A contestant shall not be less than seventeen years of age on the date of the Local Pageant in which
she competes or more than twenty-four years of age on December 31, 2013.
3. A contestant must be a high school graduate or have successfully completed the G.E.D. testing
program for high school equivalency or have successfully completed the academic requirements for
entry into a four-year college/university degree program by July 30, 2013.
4. No contestant may have previously been a state finalist who competed in the national competition
for the title of Miss America.
5. No contestant may enter the Miss Georgia Pageant more that one time under the same title.
6. A contestant must be female and shall always have been female.
7. A contestant must be single and never have been married nor had her marriage annulled.
8. A contestant must not be and never have been pregnant.
9. A contestant must be of good character and must not have been involved at any time in any act of
moral turpitude. She must not have been convicted of any crime nor have any criminal charge
pending against her. She may not have been involved in any activity that is or could be
characterized as dishonest, immoral, indecent, or in bad taste.
10. A contestant must be in reasonably good health and can to the best of her knowledge participate
fully and without limitation in any pageant activities.
11. A contestant must possess poise, personality, intelligence, charm and beauty of the face and figure,
and must possess and display talent. Talent may consist of singing, dancing, playing a musical
instrument, dramatic reading, art display, dress designing or a talk. Other talent may be used by
contestants provided said other talent has been specifically approved in writing by the state
12. A contestant's talent may be amateur or professional.
13. No contestant shall be eligible to compete if she has endorsed or contracted to endorse any product
competitive to those products sold by the national sponsors of the Miss America Organization with
three months prior to the competition and/or is under such contract for endorsement at the time
of the competition or thereafter.
14. One or more of the following requirements must be in existence at the time of the Local Pageant
and on the first day of the Miss Georgia Pageant:
a. A contestant must be a bona fide resident of the local pageant area and has been a bona fide
resident for a period of six months immediately preceding the date of the Local pageant and
has maintained such residence until the time of the Miss Georgia pageant is held.
b. A contestant must be a bona fide employee (employed by employer for at least forty hours
per week as verified by employer) of the local pageant area for a period of six months
preceding the date of the Local Pageant and has maintained such employment until the
time the Miss Georgia Pageant is held.
c. A contestant must be a bona fide registered full time student at a college or university in the
local pageant area and who is attending class at a college or university in the local pageant
area. This must be true for the current quarter and the previous quarter prior to competing
in the local pageant. For the purpose of this provision, a contestant will be considered to be
a full time student if she meets the criteria for a full time student of the college or university
at which she is enrolled.
15. Every contestant must be able to provide two or more of following items to determine eligibility:
a. Valid and current driver's license
b. Automobile registration
c. Lease of housing with valid dates
d. Utility bills
e. Federal income tax return (may delete amounts)
f. Voter’s registration
16. All contestants must be able to sign the official Miss America contract prior to competing in the
local pageant.
NOTE: For purposes of At-Large or Open Pageants, the local pageant area is defined as the state
of Georgia.
The following guidelines have been established:
A contestant meets all eligibility requirements as established by MAO and understands that
she must compete in all phases of competition at the state level.
A contestant must have won her pageant through a judging process. The judging process must
include an in-person competition at which the judges and contestants are present.
A letter from the College President or Fair Association President (whichever is appropriate)
certifying that the contestant won the title at a judged event and that she has the permission to
use the title in the state competition.
Someone is appointed as an advisor to work with the contestant from the time of selection thru
state competition.
The College/University or Fair/Festival Association pays the same license fees as a local
Winner receives some type of scholarship.
Winner will be required to sign the standard contestant Local/State Miss America Contract.
NOTE: College Titles may include but not be limited to Homecoming Queen, Most Beautiful,
Miss Sweetheart, etc. State Board makes final determination.
Effective: March 1, 2012
It is the responsibility of each local pageant to conduct a competition following the guidelines
stated here within and as directed by the Miss America organization.
1. It is the responsibility of the local pageant committee to determine eligibility of all its contestants.
2. The local pageant director will be required to certify in writing that its contestant has been selected
in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Miss America Organization and that she meets
the eligibility requirements.
3. It is the responsibility of the local pageant committee to determine that each contestant has
fulfilled their $100 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals/Miss America Scholarship service
requirement before any contestant may compete in the local competition. A maximum of $400 for
local pageant participation has been established by Miss America. Once the $400 has been raised a
contestant can enter as many local competitions without having to raise additional funds.
4. Before interviews begin, a print out of the CMNH Qualification Report will be given to the Field
Director. All contestants in the pageant should be listed and qualified. The Field Director will
attach the report to the Field Director Report and submitted to the Miss Georgia Office.
5. It is mandatory that each local contestant signs a standard Miss America Preliminary Pageant
Contract prior to competition. The contestant fact sheet is an addendum to the contract. The local
pageant may add specific local policies to the contract, but cannot delete any provision from it.
6. A Contestant and Parent Orientation is suggested at which the contestant contract is reviewed. At
that time all aspects of the competition should be discussed including production rules and
attendance at rehearsals.
7. No contestant will be charged an entry fee, sponsor fee or fee of any type. The local pageant may
arrange contestant sponsorship in order to provide funding for the pageant. It must be made clear
to all potential contestants that they are not required to pay any fee or obtain sponsorship.
8. After a local contestant competes in the state pageant, she is released to compete for a new title.
9. Relatives of contestants are not allowed to serve on the pageant committee or to assist in
preparation of any pageant activities.
10. No person may serve on more than one Miss Georgia local organization.
11. The minimum number of contestants for a local pageant is four. In the event the number of
contestants falls below four, the State Pageant will consider granting permission to conduct a minipageant with special guidelines. The local pageant will then be placed on probation and no further
mini-pageants will be allowed.
12. Scholarships cannot be contingent upon money raised by the contestants.
13. It is the opinion of the Miss America Organization that no individual who provides grooming
services as defined below, nor the spouse of that individual should serve on a Local Pageant Board
of Directors:
"Grooming is defined as a business or mentor relationship established between a potential or
actual contestant and an individual who provides services or products directly related to
competition in the Miss America program. The term 'grooming' will not apply to advice and
recommendations given within the context of a workshop environment. For instance, if you have a
hair dresser on your Board of Directors, he may style contestants' hair at the pageant, but he may
not accept as clients any potential or actual contestant in the pageant."
14. No local pageant will conduct or participate in the conduct of any other national or international
competition similar to the Miss America Pageant.
15. Every local pageant should maintain two checking accounts. One account should be for
scholarship and the other account should be for general operating. General operating funds and
scholarship funds should not be intermingled in the same account. There should be two names on
the accounts. They individuals should not be related. Local pageant funds should not be kept in a
personal account but in a business or organization account.
16. Local pageants may apply as single, dual, triple or double competitions. A Dual Competition is
defined as one group of contestants with two (2) titles awarded to the two highest scoring
contestants. A Triple Competition is defined as one group of contestants with three (3) titles
awarded to the three highest scoring contestants. A Double Competition is defined as two groups of
contestants with one winner announced from each group. These competitions are held to give
away multiple titles at one (1) event. Three titles are the maximum number awarded during these
situations. Each winner must receive a scholarship and there must be at least four (4) contestants
competing for each title. If less than eight (8) contestants show up for the competition, only one
title may be given, no exceptions. An announcement must be made from the stage explaining how
the titles will be awarded. One panel of a minimum of five (5) judges can decide the winners.
Separate support groups should be in place to assist each winner as they prepare for the State
finals and should not have responsibilities with another contestant (titleholder). The Dual, Triple
or Double program must be held in an acceptable public facility and must be properly advertised.
Each winner should receive the official Miss America local crown.
Dual Example:
a. Eight (8) contestants enter the pageant.
b. The two (2) contestants with the highest points are awarded one title each.
c. The first runner-up is the contestant with the third highest points. (Optional to name a
runner up)
Triple Example:
a. Twelve (12) contestants enter the pageant.
b. The three (3) contestants with the highest points are awarded one title each.
c. The first runner-up is the contestant with the fourth highest points. (Optional to name a
runner up)
Double Example:
a. Four (4) contestants sign up for the Miss Apple Pie Pageant.
b. Four (4) other contestants sign up for the Miss Peach Pie Pageant.
c. In each phase of competition, all of the contestants for the Miss Apple Pie Title will
compete and be scored and then all of the contestants for the Miss Peach Pie title will
compete and be scored.
d. Titles will be awarded per regular preliminary local pageant rules.
If winners are determined by awarding the multiple crowns to the contestants
earning the highest scores, a previous title holder cannot compete in that local
competition. If the local competition gives multiple crowns where contestants
compete for discrete titles with only winner, a previous title holder can compete
for the title she has not held.
Interview - 25%
Evening Wear – 20%
On Stage Question – 5%
Talent – 35%
Swimsuit – 15%
Final Ballot
1. The object of pageant production is to present an entertaining show to the audience that will give
each contestant an equal opportunity to compete.
2. State pageant Field Directors may assist you with production but are not expected to produce
3. Consistent rules are to apply to every contestant concerning attendance at meetings and
4. No contestant should be allowed to compete without attending a minimum of one full rehearsal.
5. Good taste is required in all phases of competition. No vulgar talents, indiscreet swimsuits or in
appropriate eveningwear will be permitted. Dress rehearsals will intercept these possibilities.
1. No acts which may constitute a danger require elaborate prop setup or use of live animals will be
2. The local pageant must provide means for the performance of all talents: Singing, dancing, dramatic
monologues, playing instruments or a monologue.
3. The local pageant must provide adequate equipment including sound amplification, accompaniment
playback, proper dance floor, and a tuned piano (or full size keyboard).
4. A contestant that feels that any provided equipment is inadequate may furnish her own equipment
but in doing so must allow any and all other contestants the opportunity to use it.
5. Talent must be live. If taped accompaniment is used and the contestant pantomimes, the name of the
artist on the recording must be disclosed in the talent introduction and there can be no illusion that
the contestant is singing.
6. There can be no duplication of a talent act among the contestants. For example: A contestant may
not include in a vocal medley the same song another contestant is planning to sing as a solo or as part
of a different medley. BUT, the same song may be played by one contestant on a musical instrument,
sung by another contestant, and used as accompaniment for a dancer.
7. The time limit for talent presentation is ninety seconds. Nothing longer will be accepted, and this
should be strictly enforced! Contestants should plan a performance that will not exceed this limit.
Judges will be informed immediately if a contestant runs over her allotted time. Each judge will then
use this information to assist is determining his/her score of the contestant’s talent competition.
8. A contestant may pre-record herself as a back-up vocalist or instrumental accompanist and use that
tape to accompany her live talent performance. However, it cannot be announced to the judges that
the accompaniment tape contains any performance by the contestant. She will be judged solely on
what she is doing live, and no exceptions will be made to this. A talent cannot be performed
electronically (i.e. video tape) or with live accompaniment.
9. Regardless of the talent performed, the background tape cannot have voices, instruments, or other
noises which mimic the talent of the contestant. A vocalist may have background vocals with "oohs
and aahs" or other background lyrics, but cannot have a tape with a voice singing the melody line for
the contestant to sing along with. The same would be said for instrumentalists, dancers, and any
other talent which could provide for an unfair advantage if a judge could not delineate from the talent
on the track versus the live performance of the contestant.
10. If technical difficulties prevent a contestant from performing any phase of competition, fairness
dictates that she be allowed a restart. The decision for the restart should be made with consultation
of the producer and the judges’ panel. Contestants should be informed of the local pageant policy
before competition.
1. From the beginning of the contestant's introduction to the end of her walk-turn segment, each
contestant's time in lifestyle and fitness competition should not exceed 20 seconds.
2. Background music will be provided.
3. Contestants may compete either barefoot or in shoes/sandals. Each contestant has the choice to do
either. All contestants do not have to compete in the same footwear.
4. Each contestant has her choice of a one or two-piece swimsuit of any style that she wants.
5. The swimsuit cannot be a thong or bikini. Good taste should prevail.
6. If a prop (scarf, beach ball, etc.) is used, it may not inhibit judging in any way.
1. Contestants are allowed to wear any type of Evening Wear (i.e. pants, cocktail dresses, or the
traditional gown.)
2. Background music will be provided.
1. Every contestant will be asked one question during the competition.
2. The question is not limited to the contestant's platform.
3. The complexity of each question should be the same for all contestants.
4. Local pageants are responsible for the On-Stage Questions.
5. These questions should be submitted to the Field Director at the dress rehearsal.
6. Question examples:
How is your platform impacting your local community?
How has working with your platform changed your life?
How would you implement your platform at the state level?
How do you feel you are making a difference in the lives of others?
Share with us your most memorable experience you have had while working with your
1. Contestants will wear an outfit that reflects their personality and should be age appropriate.
2. All interviews will use the Miss America format of the one page resume and the platform essay. No
other additional information should be provided.
3. A podium must be used.
4. All interviews must be 10 minutes.
5. There is no opening statement. The judges immediately start the interview.
6. At 9 minutes 30 seconds, the contestant is given the opportunity to make a 30 second closing
7. If discussion ends before the 30 seconds are up, then the interview is over.
8. The interview is confidential even after the pageant is over. Confidentiality is included in the judge’s
9. Video cameras are allowed in interviews.
10. There are only three people allowed in the interview room other than the contestant and the judges.
If there is not a videographer then only two people will be allowed, the Judges’ Chairman and the
Field Director. The Executive Director may serve as the Judges’ Chairman but should not be in the
room if another Judges’ Chairman is appointed to this position.
1. Locals WILL NOT announce a top five for a Top Five Competition. The winners and runners-up will
be announced from the entire group of contestants.
After all competitions are complete, the top five finalists will be given to the judges. The auditors will
hand each judge a final ballot in competition order (not by point totals).
The top five finalists enter the final round of competition with ZERO POINTS.
The judges will rank the top five finalists in the order they individually believe the contestants should
finish the competition.
A first place vote is worth ten points, a second place vote is worth five points, a third place vote is
worth three points, a fourth place vote is worth two points, and a fifth place vote is worth one point.
The total of the final ballots alone will determine the outcome of the pageant.
The high and low scores on the final ballot WILL NOT be dropped.
All judges’ votes count on the final ballot.
The outcome of the pageant will be determined solely by the results of the final ballot.
1. Selection of judges is an important function for local pageants as this selection is often how the public
perceives the fairness of your pageant. Local pageant judges must be qualified, fair and unbiased.
They must be perceived by parents and all observers as having no connection with any contestant.
2. Local Pageants must have at least five and no more than seven judges.
3. At least one of the judges must be a “novice” judge; that is someone who has never judged a local or
state competition within the Miss America system.
4. Names of potential judges must be submitted to and approved by the Field Director before any judge
is invited.
5. In selecting judges, a minimum of three judges MUST be:
a. From the Miss Georgia Pageant Approved Judges' List
b. From another state’s Board of Directors
c. From another state’s Approved Judges List.
6. Once the final list of Judges is obtained, the Field Director should be notified of the list of judges prior
to the pageant.
7. The Field Director will appoint the Head Judge.
8. Judges must live at least 50 miles from the site of the pageant.
9. Judges need to be given the names of all contestants in advance so they can withdraw if they know
any contestant or have any preconceived notions about the contestant. If given the contestant fact
sheet in advance, each judge will be better able to prepare for interview.
10. Each judge is required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and turn it into the pageant Field Director who
will forward it to the State Pageant office.
11. No meeting should be held with the judges for the purpose of critiquing the winner or any other
contestant in the pageant.
12. At-Large pageants, which accept contestants from all areas of the state, are required to have at least
three judges from outside of the state of Georgia. They should not have judged any local in the state
during the current year. The other two judges can be from the state of Georgia but should have no
affiliation with any Miss Georgia local pageant.
13. The local pageant is responsible for determining each judge's eligibility.
14. The Field Director or a representative of the Miss Georgia Pageant, regardless of the experience of the
judges, will conduct an orientation for the judges.
15. No judge should text or talk on telephone while sitting at the judges’ table.
1. Individuals who financially benefit from working with Contestants in Georgia.
Examples include (without limitation):
a. Pageant Coach
b. Interview Coach
c. Contestant Hairdresser or Make-Up Artist
d. Pageant Wardrobe Retailer
e. Contestant Fitness Trainer
Sponsors, donors, their employees and family members may not judge a Local Organization they
Individuals who have business or social connections to a contestant or her family may not judge
that contestant.
Field Directors may not judge Local Competitions in Georgia except in cases of emergency and
with the express prior consent of MGP.
Miss Georgia Board Members.
Close relatives of a Teen or Miss contestant who is currently competing in Miss Georgia local
preliminaries, but who has not won a Local Title
A still eligible former contestant (e.g., a young woman who competed at age 18 and who is now 22
and still eligible to compete) may not judge in Georgia.
Close relatives of a reigning Local Titleholder may not judge in the Miss America system in any
A former contestant may not judge within 3 years after she has become ineligible to compete, by
having either:
a. Aged out of Miss level competition
b. Gotten Married
c. Won a State Title
A former contestant may never judge anyone against whom she previously competed on
either the Miss or Teen level.
A former titleholder may never judge a former sister titleholder (e.g., a former “Miss Local
A” titleholder may not judge the holder of the “Miss Local A’s Outstanding Teen” title from
the same pageant year, regardless how many years have passed).
Females 24 and under who meet eligibility guidelines to compete in Georgia may not judge
in Georgia, regardless of whether they have never competed before or profess no interest
in competing
No member of a Local Organization’s board or committees may judge any former holder of
that Local Organization’s “Miss Local A” or “Miss Local A’s Outstanding Teen” titles.
Board or committee members affiliated with “Local Organization A” may not judge the
same local pageant (“Miss Local B”) more frequently than every four (4) years.
Relatives of a “Local Organization A” board member or committee member may not judge
the “Miss Local A” pageant.
Affiliated or related individuals may not serve together on a judges’ panel.
Examples include, without limitation:
a. Couples
b. Roommates
c. Co-Workers
d. Members of the same Local Organization board or committee
Nobody may judge the same Local Competition more frequently than every four (4) years.
No individual may judge more than two (2) Local Competitions in Georgia or more than
four (4) Local Competitions nationwide in the same pageant year. Each crown awarded at
a dual or stacked Local Competition shall count as one pageant (i.e., if two crowns are
awarded at one pageant event, that shall count as two pageants for purposes of this rule).
1. Auditors should be selected with the same care that judges are selected.
2. There must be TWO auditors.
3. At least one auditor should be a Certified Public Accountant. The other auditor should be a
responsible adult.
4. It is imperative that the auditors be given an advance orientation as to the tally sheet and
the emcee card.
5. Auditors should be requested to maintain the same professional decorum expected of the
judges. Auditors should not talk during competitions except for the purpose of recording
6. Auditors should not be related to any contestant competing in the pageant.
7. Auditors should not be related to any member of the local pageant committee or have any
association to any member of the local pageant committee.
8. A member of another local pageant committee should never serve as an auditor.
9. At no time should anyone except the Field Director, Judges' Chairman, or State Pageant
Official approach the auditors.
10. After tabulation of all phases of competition, the auditor will prepare the Emcee Card and
circle the winner. This card will then be passed to each member of the panel for review
prior to presenting it to the Emcee.
11. Auditors should be instructed of the confidentiality of scoring information. An auditor
should never divulge scores to contestants, contestant's families, or pageant
1. The current tally sheet provided by the Miss America Organization must be used or the
Miss America approved Excel spreadsheet.
2. Each judge will turn in his score sheet immediately after the completion of each
3. After private interview competition the score sheets will be collected and sealed in an
envelope with the head judge's signature across the seal. The envelope will be delivered to
the auditors by the Field Director or by the head judge if no Field Director is present.
4. The Judges' worksheets are their personal property and should be retained by them.
5. At the end of the pageant, the auditors will seal the final ballots, score sheets and disk with
the Excel spreadsheet in an envelope. The auditor will then take the envelope to be
maintained in the auditor’s office for one year. After one year, the envelope can be
6. Should the ballots have to be opened this should be done with the approval of the Miss
Georgia Pageant Board of Trustees and in the presence of an attorney.
Each pageant is responsible for assisting in the preparation of their contestant for
Miss Georgia.
Preparation shall consist of the completion and meeting of all deadlines for paperwork
requirements including arranging for the proofing of all paperwork.
Assisting in the organization and completion of the Miss America project supporting the
Children’s Miracle Network and meeting the requirement of a $250 service requirement.
Overseeing the wardrobe preparation to assure the contestant has all needed items to
participate at the state level. This may or may not include shopping with the contestant,
monetary support, and selection of items to be worn. All local pageant obligations and
awards should be made clear to the contestant prior to the beginning of preparation.
Organizing appearances and speaking engagements to develop both the contestant’s
involvement in her platform and to develop her speaking skills.
It is Miss America Organization policy that all contestants in a State Pageant including the winner and
runners-up thereof will not, during the entire period of their reign, associate with in any way or
participate in any way, in the promotion or conduct, or become a contestant or participant either directly
or indirectly, in any other national or international competition of a nature similar to the Miss America
Organization competition. This policy includes the participation in any activity, which relates in any
aspect, either directly or indirectly, including judging, to any other national or international competition
of a nature similar to the Miss America Organization competition. Failure to keep and perform this policy
shall terminate the title held by the contestant. If termination occurs, the contestant may be required to
forfeit all prizes, awards and gratuities except for scholarships that are non-forfeitable.
Additional policy directs that neither a State Pageant nor any of its' Local Pageants acting directly or
indirectly, or by representation by third persons, will conduct or participate in the conduct of any other
national or international competition similar to the Miss America Pageant.
Identification with the Miss America Pageant is sought by many Pageants for exposure they would not
otherwise receive. Likewise, the media often attempts to cast and clarify all Pageants in the generic sense.
To prevent generic categorization, and to attempt to maintain the integrity of the Miss America
Organization image and scholarship mission, Miss States and Miss Locals are not to appear in public
and/or with the media with title holders from other Pageant programs unless specific approval to do so
has been given by the national office.
No person shall serve as a judge in any Local or State Pageant who has or intends to provide for profit or
otherwise any product or service directly or indirectly to or for any potential or actual contestant in any
Local State Pageant.
It is the opinion of the Miss America Organization that no individual who provides grooming services as
defined below, nor the spouse of that individual, should serve on either the State Board of Directors or an
associated Trustee Board.
Grooming is defined as a business or mentor relationship established between a potential or actual
contestant and an individual who provides services or products directly related to competition in the Miss
America program. The term "grooming" will not apply to advice and recommendations given within the
context of a State Pageant workshop provided those individuals involved in giving such advice and
recommendations confine such activities to the workshop environment. For instance, if you have a
hairdresser on your Board of Directors, they may conduct a seminar at your State Workshop, they may
work on your production, they may style contestants' hair at the State Pageant, but they may not accept as
clients any potential or actual contestant in the State Pageant.
1. The Field Director is to be in close communication with their assigned pageants.
2. The Field Director is to attend the Production and Rehearsal of their assigned pageants.
3. Names of potential judges must be submitted to and approved by the Field Director before any judge is
4. The Field Director will appoint the Head Judge.
5. Names of potential auditors must be submitted to and approved by the Field Director before any
auditor is invited.
6. The Field Director will observe all interviews.
7. The Field Director is responsible for the interview ballots between the time of the interview and the
presentation to the pageant auditors.
8. The Field Director has the authority to recommend to the local pageant changes in their procedures in
accordance with the official guide of the Miss America kit.
9. The Field Director will report to the Miss Georgia Pageant President the progress, problems and
needs of the local pageants.
10. On matters of policy with the local pageant holder, the Field Director will refer these to the Executive
Committee of the Miss Georgia Pageant.
11. Any action, which a Field Director feels is not in the best interest of the Miss America program and the
Miss Georgia program, will be reported to the President of the Miss Georgia Pageant.
12. All Field Directors are invited to attend any and all meetings of the Board of Trustees during their year
of service.
13. The Field Director is encouraged to solicit scholarships and contestants.
14. The Field Director is responsible for verifying the eligibility for contestants participating in an
assigned pageant. The Local Pageant Director should submit all pertinent information concerning a
contestant when questions of eligibility arise.