Criteria for Local Pageant
A minimum of three judges is recommended for the formal and tea pageants. Selection of the judges is the sole responsibility of the local organization or group hosting the local pageant.
Judging is based on the following criteria: the person selected must be attractive, intelligent, a good speaker, photogenic, aggressive without being forward or self-centered, dignified; have a friendly spirit that is natural and spontaneous; be in good health; be gracious and sincere; and possess a general knowledge of state tourist attractions, history, and economy. Special talents are not required, but accomplishments in public speaking and communication are of primary importance.
Local pageant directors should ensure that the costs incidental to presenting the local pageant are provided. Neither contestants nor their families should bear these expenses:
- Costs related to hosting the local formal pageant or tea pageant.
- Remittance of the $275 entry fee, payable to Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant.
- Black-and-white photos (see Photographs section on the State Pageant page for further details).
Local directors should seek community business participation in costs needed to send the local representative to the state pageant. Below are examples of these sponsorships.
- Photographs - Check with local photographers to see if they will provide their services at no cost or at a reduced cost for their area’s Miss Hospitality.
- Entry Fee - Local businesses may want to provide the $275 entry fee for the local contestant to enter the state pageant.
- Advertisement Layouts - Newspaper distributors can aid in the design of your contestant’s advertisement pages for the program book at the state pageant.
- Wardrobe - A local clothing store may want to donate an outfit or evening gown for the local contestant to wear at the state competition.
- Must be a resident of Mississippi.
- Must represent her hometown and/or county, not the city where she attends college.
- Must be a high school graduate, never married or have children, and must be 18 and not over 24 by the Wednesday of the pageant week.
- Must not currently hold a title that would interfere with her duties as Miss Hospitality.
- Must have a 2.5 scholastic average (on a 4.0 system) for the last completed semester. A transcript must be provided.
- Must be in good health.
- Young women who have entered the state pageant previously are not eligible to participate again.
- Local Miss Hospitality winners are expected to attend the State Pageant in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.