Vanderburgh County Queen Pageant Rules

  1. Queen and first runner up must be at least 18 years of age and cannot have reached their 23rd birthday on or before June 1, 2022. Other contestants must be at least 16 years old.
  2. A contestant must be an Indiana resident, a U.S. citizen, and represent her home county. The only exception: she may reside in an adjoining county if the majority of her activities are in the county in which she enters the contest.
  3. Contestants cannot have a child or be knowingly pregnant at the time of the county fair queen pageant or the State Fair queen pageant. If the 2021 queen becomes or is pregnant anytime during her reign, she will be required to relinquish her title. 
  4. Each contestant must be an active member of at least one worthwhile organization in her community, such as church groups, Girl Scouts, 4-H, etc.
  5. No professional model is eligible for the State Fair Pageant. (A professional model is one who earns her livelihood by modeling). A contestant who has had training or schooling in the modeling field, has been paid on occasion for modeling, or who works for a fashion board is not considered a professional model.
  6.  Any contestant who has competed in a State Fair queen pageant cannot compete again and cannot compete for the title of Miss Vanderburgh County.
  7. The contestant will be judged on the basis of poise, personality, and the ability to converse. At the county level, the judging is divided into five divisions: speech, interview, professional wear, evening gown, and on stage questions.
  8. The requirements for each division include:
    • Speech – One minute speech on the topic of your choice. Speeches will be scored on natural speaking ability, delivery, poise and originality. Each speech will be timed, with one point deducted for the speech going over the one minute limit. Props, music, and audio visuals will not be allowed. Speeches will be delivered before the judges at the preliminary judging. (Attire: Queen t-shirt provided for contestants and denim.)
    • Interview – The contestant will have (1) three minute interview with each of the three judges individually. Contestants will answer impromptu questions asked by each judge. (Attire: dress, jacket and skirt/pants, one-piece outfit).
    • Evening Gown – At least one portion of the hemline must be floor length (touching the floor or contestant‘s foot). A gown with a skirt split above the knee more than 2″ above the knee cap, a low cut bodice and/or cut/design inappropriate for pageant may be discounted by the judges. Evening gown worn for the preliminary judging must be worn for the public pageant. 
    • On Stage Questions – Contestants will answer an impromptu question on stage during the evening portion of the pageant.
  9. The Vanderburgh County Queen’s pageant will be held on Monday, July 26, 2021. Preliminary judging will occur during the daytime at Blue Grass United Methodist Church. The evening, public contest will be in the fair grandstand arena.
  10. The winner will be crowned “Miss Vanderburgh County 2021.” Queen, Court, and Miss Congeniality must be prepared to spend July 27-21 at the fair. 
  11. The winner of the Vanderburgh County pageant will compete January 7-9, 2022, at the Indiana State Fair pageant. The Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant will be held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on January 9, 2022.
  12. Points and score sheets are for judges‘ assessment only. Final selection is the judges decision.