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Do I have to compete in and win a preliminary competition in order to compete in the state pageant?  No. There may or may not be preliminaries available in your area, however most of our entrants do not compete in a local preliminary first.

 How long does it take to receive my sash?  Once the sash is ordered it generally takes 3-4 weeks.  If I did not win a local preliminary will I receive a local crown for appearances?  Local crowns are no longer included for appointed local titles. If you wish to purchase a local title holders crown to make appearances you may do so for an additional $125.   

Is there a minimum amount of tickets I am required to sell? Yes, you must purchase 10 tickets at a discounted price of $25

Do I get a free ticket for my husband?  Yes, you do receive a free ticket for your husband.  

When do tickets go on sale?  Tickets typically go on sale 2-4 weeks prior to the pageant. You will be notified when they go on sale and given instructions on how to purchase tickets. 

Do children under 5 need a ticket?  YES! Everyone needs a ticket.  

Will the pageant be televised?  The pageant will not be televised. However, it is possible that we will be airing the pageant online in a pay per view format. Details TBA  

Am I required to use Pageant Design Solutions to create my AD PAGE?  Yes. We produce quality, timeless ad book that is extremely professional.  This allows all contestants to have a professional ad and it creates an equal playing field when it comes to the First impression made on the Judges. 

Can I sell multiple smaller advertisements to fulfill my required one page AD in the program book?  NO. You must turn in ONE FULL PAGE AD; any additional smaller sizes you sell will be eligible for the fundraising program.  

Are there any required rehearsals prior to the pageant?  No. All rehearsals will take place during pageant weekend. 

How many contestants will I compete against?  The number of contestants varies year to year. The delegation will be displayed online approximately two weeks prior to the pageant. 

Will I receive my scores?  RAW NUMBER SCORES will not be given out to contestants. 

However, if you chose to compete the next pageant year and endorse a pre-registration form and pay your deposit, you will receive your overall ranking in your division in each area of competition.  This service will be free of charge to returning delegates once deposit is received for the following pageant season. Anyone NOT returning who would like to receive this information may purchase this service for $125.

You can obtain an in-depth analysis of your scores and how you can improve and what sub categories you consistently lost points. This analysis includes how to improve your bio that was submitted. This service will be free of charge to returning delegates once deposit is received for the following pageant season. Anyone NOT returning who would like an in-depth analysis may purchase this service for $225.

The entrant understands that the pageant is not responsible for any accident or injury incurred in travel to and from the pageant, or at the pageant itself.  The entrant will take full responsibility for and agrees to release the Mrs. Virginia and West Virginia United States Pageant Inc., DMGC, it’s directors and agents from all liability to entrant to any losses, damages, claims or debts incurred by or made by entrant in connection with this pageant.

I am curious about the pageant process.  Can you please explain the world of pageantry for Mrs. Women?

Our focus is for this program to provide a fair environment in which women have the opportunity to better themselves. We hope the pageant encourages the contestants to gain self-awareness, self-confidence, individual pride and greater social awareness. We hope each contestant improves her ability to communicate effectively, speak in front of people, and stand up for her beliefs. We encourage our contestants to find issues she feels strongly about, and to become involved in organizations and causes that speak to her heart. Finally, we hope that through preparation for this event our contestants will develop healthy living habits and include regular exercise into their daily routines. Each woman who enters this program has different goals, and we strive hard to assist each woman in her own personal quest.

There is no prior pageant experience necessary to enter or to win. Many contestants have won on their first attempt, and many others return because it was an enriching and positive experience. We like to believe that each woman who participates in our pageant leaves a little more prepared to deal with the world around them, and more importantly, the world ahead of them! Basically, our philosophy for the Mrs. Virginia/West Virginia UNITED STATES Pageant is not about encouraging women to ‘win’ a pageant, but to encourage excellence in women, and to help them develop life skills that will ultimately help them win in life by being the best they can be in everything they do.

The winner of our State Pageant will embark on an exciting journey, and receive a prize package including wardrobe, travel and more.

I would love to participate in the pageant, but I feel like I need a lot of help preparing myself to participate, what should I do? Contact our office, we are here to help.

Do I have to have children to compete? No.
Are age or weight factors in winning? The judges are looking for a beautiful, well rounded, articulate woman. Age nor weight are factors in choosing a winner. 
Is there a height requirement? There is no height requirement to enter or win.

I’ve never entered a pageant before so do I really have a chance to win? Yes you do!  The Mrs. Virginia and West Virginia United States pageant celebrates and honors the artist, the mother, the warrior, the healer, the romantic, the survivor, the professional career woman, the professional homemaker, the wife, the community servant and the divine woman that we all are as we become one in the union of marriage. There is an opportunity to be mentored by the Mrs. Virginia and West Virginia United States Staff.  This pageant is an interview process to find the best woman to represent married women in their community.  Everyone is given a fair opportunity to win and that includes YOU!

What kind of woman enters the pageant? Mrs. United States attracts women of all ages, vocations, and backgrounds.  The one thing they all have in common is that they are married, have a willingness to represent their community, and desire to seek personal development and growth.

Do you have to be married a certain number of years to win?  No. We have had winners who have been married as little as 7 months and as long as 30 years. 

Do I need a performing talent? Mrs. United States does not have a talent requirement.

Will I be judged on past community service? No. However, title holders are encouraged to select a community need to champion during their reign. 
Is there an entry fee? Yes. We encourage our city and county titleholders to raise the entry fee in their communities. After all they have been exclusively selected to represent the married women in their areas. The entry fee covers the cost of doing business such as renting a professional facility, designing sets and music, as well as printing, advertising and entertaining expenses.  Space is provided in the official program book to recognize ten (10) of your supporters.

Are application or entry fees refundable? No.  However, monthly payments are available for ad space and ticket purchases. All fees are due at least sixty (60) days prior to the pageant date. 

What other information can you share about the competition process?
Each Contestant will compete in three equal phases of competition: swimsuit, evening gown, and interview. The scores from the three phases of competition are added up, and the contestants with the highest composite scores become semifinalists. The number of semifinalists will be determined by the total number of contestants in the competition.

Scoring is based on Swimsuit: each contestant is evaluated on her physical fitness, stage-presence, and overall impression.  Evening Gown: each contestant is evaluated on grace, poise, style, stage presence, the confidence with which she carries herself, and overall-impression.

Interview: preliminary interviews are personal one-on-one style. You will have three-minute interviews with each of the three judges. It’s very comfortable and conversational. Contestants are scored on their communication skills, and personality. They are NOT scored on their opinions or personal beliefs.

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