Queen and first runner up must be at least 18 years of age. Other contestants must be at least 16 years old and cannot have reached their 22nd birthday on or before June 1, 2017.
Contestants and chaperones are to attend an introduction meeting on July 7, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the 4-H Center Expo Hall. Entry fee, form and picture are due at this meeting. Forms will be mailed out prior to the meeting.
A contestant must be an Indiana resident, a U.S. citizen, and represent her home county. One of her parents or legal guardians must also be an Indiana resident. The only exception: she may re-side in an adjoining county if the majority of her activities are in the county in which she enters the contest.
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 2016 queen becomes or is pregnant anytime during her reign, she will be required to relinquish her title.
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.
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.
Any contestant who has competed in a State Fair queen pageant cannot compete again and cannot compete for the title of Miss Vanderburgh County.
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.
The requirements for each division include:
Speech – Three minute speech about self. (Attire: Queen t-shirt provided for contestants and denim.)
Interview – The contestant will answer impromptu questions in front of the judges. (Attire: dress, jacket, and skirt or pants.)
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.
The Vanderburgh County pageant will be held on Monday, July 24, 2017. Preliminary judging will occur during the daytime. The public pageant and crowning will be held in the evening at the fair.
The winner of the Vanderburgh County pageant will be crowned ―Miss Vanderburgh County 2017 and must be prepared to spend from July 24 to July 29 at the fair.
The winner of the Vanderburgh County pageant will compete Sunday, January 8, 2017, at the Indiana State Fair pageant. The Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant will be held at the Indiana State Fairgounds on January 6-8, 2017.
Points and score sheets are for judges‘ assessment only. Final selection is the judges decision.
Contestant dates to remember: TBD Queen and Contestant Picnic (TBD); July 23, 2017 at 5:30pm, in the auditorium (bring evening gown shoes for practice).