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Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Become A Contestant?

The Mrs. Alabama America Competition is open to all ladies that are married at the time of entry, have lived in Alabama three months prior to the competition and are a citizen of the United States. Request an application and one will be sent to your email address.  Be sure to read the Rules and Regulations carefully to be sure you qualify.

When will applications for the 2018 competition be available?

They are available now.  You can download the Application and Information under the “Enter” section in the Menu Bar.  There is also information under the Event Information section in the Menu Bar.  If you have questions I will be happy to talk with you on the phone.  I can be reached at 205-491-0846 from 9 AM to 6 PM – Monday through Friday.

Do I Have To Win a Preliminary Competition to compete?

No.  There are no other Alabama Preliminaries to the Mrs. America Competition.  You do not have to have a talent or previous experience to participate.

Is there a fee to participate in the Competition?

Yes. There is a fee of $695.00 which covers your participation fee, meals during competition and production of the event. There are many expenses incurred in the production of the competition.  Also, the winner receives round trip airfare to Las Vegas, Nevada, hotel and meals for the Mrs. America Competition  A participation fee is necessary for us to produce the competition and pay these expenses for the winner.

When is the last day to apply?

June 1, 2018 is the deadline for regular application.  Applications received after June 1, 2018 will incur a late fee of $100.00 added to the entry fee. There will also be an additional $50.00 late Form Fee. The program book printing deadline determines the cutoff date for applications to be accepted. So….get your application in early and receive the Password to access the “Contestant Handbook” Website Section.

How many contestants compete in the state competition?

The number varies each year so it is not possible to state an accurate number.

What if I have been married previously?

A previous marriage does not make you ineligible to compete in the pageant.  You must be legally married to your present husband.

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

The Rules state that a contestant must be 19 years of age but does not specify an age that makes you ineligible.  The judges are not directed to consider your age when choosing the next Mrs. Alabama America.  There is no information on the Contestant Biographical Information that the judges receive that tells them your age….so unless you tell them they will not know your age.

I have never competed in a pageant before. Does that matter?

No.  Every year we may have ladies who have never competed before and ladies who have been competing for years.

Will the pageant be televised?

No and no state pageants are allowed to be live streamed.

What if I raise more sponsorship money than the sponsorship fee?

Some Contestants use the extra funds to cover expenses associated with the pageant.  You could purchase a Spotlight Ad in the Program Book or use it in renting or purchasing your competition wardrobe.

What if I can't get enough sponsors to cover the fee?

The “Contestant Handbook” on the website explains how to obtain sponsors and gives suggestions for fund raising events.  Your family, friends and local businesses will usually be supportive when you share your dreams and goals with them.

What are spotlight ads?

Many contestants purchase special advertising pages in our Official State Program Book.  This is a great way for you as a contestant to gain added recognition and exposure by “spotlighting” your photo more than once in our book.  As a contestant, your photo is automatically included on the Contestant Page.  The Spotlight Pages are  something extra. Many times, your family members, friends, and other supporters want to give you added visibility. The Spotlight Pages are $200.00 for a full-page ad color ad that is created and ready for the printer and $250.00 for a full page color ad that has to be created.  Only color full page ads are acceptable.  Spotlight Advertising is NOT required.  However, the judges select “Mrs. Photogenic” from the ads in the program book.

Judging and General Information

How is the competition judged?

The judging categories are:  Beauty – Poise and Personality – Swimsuit (one piece) and Evening Gown.  Each category counts twenty five percent.

Who are the judges and where do they come from?

We work hard every year searching for outstanding individuals to serve in these positions. Our judges are always from varied backgrounds.  We make every effort to be sure the judges do not know a contestant.  They sign documents stating they do not know, have not coached and to the best of their knowledge have no affiliation to any contestant

Is there a talent portion of the competition?

No.  There is no performing talent competition.  We believe that being a wife, mother, and all the other job titles you perform qualifies as talent.

Will I be judged on community service?

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

Will the photo I submit with my application be used in the program book?

Only if you do not send another photo by the program book deadline.

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.

Can I buy a video of the 2017 competition?

Once you have qualified as a contestant you can purchase a DVD of the 2017 pageant.  They are $85.00 each.  Send a check made payable to: Mrs. Alabama America and mail it to P.O. Box 100 – Pleasant Grove, AL 35127.

Am I required to have a competition coach?

No. While some contestants feel more prepared when they work with an experienced pageant coach who can give them tips, many contestants have won titles without any outside training. Contestants also turn to their state directors for assistance, as the directors are experienced in providing effective guidance about the pageant..  Even though some contestants wish to seek expert advice, we do not see this reflected in the overall outcome of the pageant. Focus on being your “personal best!”

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.  

As the pageant begins, each contestant will be introduced to the audience during an upbeat, choreographed introduction number.  The choreographed moves are very easy – so you do not need to be a dancer. I would describe the introduction number as fast walking to music to form various lines and patterns on the stage.  The Opening Number outfit this year is a red cocktail dress (beaded or not beaded) and clear or flesh colored shoes.  

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 very 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.  Detailed instructions are in the online Contestant Section Manual.

Will the competition be live streamed?

No. We are not allowed to live stream the state competition.

Do I have to spend a lot of money on my wardrobe?

No.  There are gown rental shops and thrift shops that many contestants use in their preparation for the pageant.

Competition Weekend

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 as well as previous Mrs. Alabama America titleholders in attendance.

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

No. Your meals throughout the day of the state competition are provided.  Although we do recommend that you are prepared for 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.

Can I have a personal assistant backstage at the competition?

No. Only contestants, competition volunteers and staff are permitted in the dressing room or backstage.  There will be competition volunteers in the dressing rooms to assist you with some of your preparation for the show, such as zipping gowns, pinning on numbers, applying swimsuit glue, etc. You should be able to do most of your show preparation. If you were to be crowned Mrs. Alabama America and represent Alabama at Mrs. America…..they do not allow personal backstage assistants.

When will tickets and programs be available?

Tickets and Pageant Program Books will be available on the day of the pageant at 5 PM in the lobby of the theater.  Last year the tickets were $35.00 each and all General Admission.  Children over 6 years of age will be admitted to the pageant and the ticket price is the same.  Pageant Programs were $20.00 each.  They are full color programs and make excellent souvenirs.  We usually sell out so it is a good idea to buy one when you buy your ticket.  TICKETS AND PROGRAMS ARE CASH ONLY.  NO CREDIT CARDS OR CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED!!!!!

Can we videotape the pageant?

No. Videotaping by members of the audience is prohibited. You will have the opportunity to purchase videotape and photo packages from our official photographers and videographers.

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”.

Do I need a pageant coach to help me prepare?

Even though some contestants wish to seek expert advice, we do not see this reflected in the overall outcome of the pageant. Focus on being your “personal best!”

What is the Opening Number Outfit for?

At the beginning of the pageant, each contestant will be introduced to the audience during an upbeat, choreographed introduction number.  The choreographed moves are very easy – you do not need to be a dancer. A good description of the routine would be –  fast walking to music to form various lines and patterns on the stage.  The Opening Number outfit this year is a red cocktail dress and clear or flesh colored shoes.  Accessories of your choice.  The Regional Sash will be worn during the Opening Number and throughout the competition but the crown (if you chose to buy one) will not.  The ladies that buy the crown plan to ride in Christmas Parades, Visit Children’s Hospital, etc. where they will wear both their sash and crown. 

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.  Detailed instructions are in the online Contestant Section Handbook.

What if I can’t get my fee in before the deadline?

Deadlines are very important.  They allow us to make timely program preparations.  However, we realize sometimes the collection of fees from a sponsor may take longer than you expected.  Therefore, extension on due dates are available if you will call or email the office and explain your situation and when you will be able to send the total fee.  Your fee must be paid in full before you can compete in the competition.

Do I have to spend a lot of money on my wardrobe?

No.  There are gown rental shops and thrift shops that many contestants use in their preparation for the competition.