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FAQ's and Rules to Compete

General FAQ's

When will applications for the 2021 competition be available?

They are available now. Click the Apply Tab at the top of the page.

Do I have to win a preliminary competition to compete?

No, there are no preliminaries for the 2021 compeition.

Is there a fee to particpate in the competition?

Please contact your state director for information on fees. The winner receives round trip airfare to Las Vegas, Nevada, hotel and meals for theNational Competitions in your category (Mrs. America, Mrs. American and Miss for America Strong, along with many other fabulous prizes. Any fees submitted to the state are non-refundable.

Am I too old or too young to enter the competition?

The Rules state that a contestant must be at least 18 years of age but does not specify an age cap that makes you ineligible.

Where do I submit my application?

In order to process your applicaton and secure your local title, you must submit your production fees. You can apply online with the tab at the top of the page titled APPLY. We do not offer refunds on fees paid.

Basic Rules to Compete - Mrs. Tennessee America

The Mrs. Tennessee America Competition is open to all ladies that are married at the time of entry, have lived in Tennessee three months prior to the competition and are a citizen of the United States. Be sure to read the Rules and Regulations carefully to be sure you qualify. • Must be at least 18 years old - (No age limit) • Must be legally married at the time of competition • Must be Tennessee resident for 3 months prior to the competition. (No performing talent required) *Please read all rules.

Basic Rules to Compete - Miss. Tennessee for America Strong

The Miss. Tennessee for America Competition is open to all unmarried ladies. Be sure to read the Rules and Regulations carefully to be sure you qualify. • Must be at least 18 years old - (No age limit) • Must be Tennessee resident for 3 months prior to the competition. (No performing talent required) *Please read all rules.

Can I have children and still compete in the Miss or Mrs.?

Absolutely, we are a family pageant.

What is the best way to get some or all of my pageant fees covered?

-Sponsors are the best way to do this. We have a sponsorship letter on our website under the Docs and forms tab. -Some contestants have created a GoFundMe page or something similar to ask friends and family for financial support. -Some contestants have started a t-shirt drive in support of competing. You can check out the website that creates custom t-shirts that you can sell to raise money.

Judging and General Information

How is the competition judged?

The judges are looking for the contestant’s exhibition of Beauty, Poise and Personality, Swimsuit and Evening Gown.

The judging categories are: Personal Interview and Beauty - 50% Swimsuit- 25% Evening Gown - 25% On Stage Question - will be asked to the Finalist and calculated into the score.

Who are the judges and where do they come from?

Our judges are always from varied backgrounds and in different stages of their life.

Is there a talent portion of the competition?


Will I be judged on community service?

No. This is a beauty pageant. The winner often times has a special interest that she would like to speak about and promote throughout her year.

What if I have a tattoo or body piercing?

Tattoos and piercing are a statement of your individuality, and to this point we have not prohibited anyone from entering the pageant because of them. Judges are not told to look upon someone negatively because of tattoos or piercing, but judging is a subjective process done by each individual differently. Should you feel that your tattoo might be offensive, you may want to make sure it is covered by your swimwear, gown or even body makeup. If you are uncomfortable with your naval piercing, you may want to make sure your wardrobe covers it, replace it with something smaller and less noticeable or remove it totally for pageant weekend.

Am I required to have a competition coach?

Having a personal competition coach is a personal choice and is NOT required.

What type of "Opening Number" outfit do I need?

The "Opening Number" is not a judging category. However, you want to look gorgeous….this is the first time the judges see you on stage with makeup, smiling, walking and showing your personality. Your Director will give you information on what style and color dress to wear approx 45-60 days from the pageant date.

Do I have to shop with the competition sponsors when preparing for competition?

No. The sponsor information is provided for your information. The sponsors are extremely knowledgable about preparing for the competition but you are not required to purchase or rent your wardrobe from a sponsor.

What type of photo should I use for my official state competition photo in the program book?

Most contestants submit a professional “head and shoulders” photo with no hats or crowns on their head or hands in their face. Your fees include a professional photo that you are welcome to use.

Competition Weekend

When will the contestant photos be posted on the website?

We no longer post contestant photos on the website for public viewing.

Do I Need to Bring a Gift for each contestant?

We do have a gift exchange. The gifts should be no more than $10. Many contestants find that personal hand-made gifts are the best gifts to give and receive.

If I am not named as a semi-finalist, will I still be in the competition finals?

Yes. The non-finalists will still participate on stage throughout the evening. All contestants will be on stage for the crowning.

Do I need to pay for my meals while at the competition?

No. Your meals throughout the weekend of the state competition will be provided to you. However, contestants are encouranged to bring any additional snacks that you may want to have handy. If you have any special dietary requirements, please plan ahead and bring those foods/drinks with you.

When will tickets and programs be available?

Tickets at the door will be $50 per ticket. Children under 6 years of age are free. Children 6 and over will be admitted to the pageant and the ticket price is the same as an adult ticket. Pageant Program Books will be available on the day of the pageant in the lobby of the theater. Pageant Programs are full color and are $45.00 each.

Can we videotape the pageant?

No. Videotaping by members of the audience is prohibited and those people may be asked to leave without refund. We have invested in a professional videographer and streaming equipment. Your guests may purchase live stream tickets to enjoy the pageant from the comfort of their home.

Can I get my scores so I can prepare for next year?

No actual scores will be available. However, if you contact the office two weeks after the competition we will share with you “Judge Critiques”.

Where will the competition be held?

The Capitol Theatre - Lebanon, TN 110 W Main St. Lebanon, TN 37087

What to Bring with you

You must bring to the compeition with you: 6 copies of your headshot - size 5X7 6 copies of your application