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What is Required?
Anything with an asterisk * next to it is a REQUIRED event for all contestants.
What do I need to bring to Pageant Check-In?
Your paperwork, (such as your resume, your emcee information cards, etc.) You will receive these blank forms to complete about three weeks before the pageant in Magazine #3 which will be mailed to you. You will fill them out and bring them with you to turn in at Pageant Check-in. You will also turn in your Community Involvement Donation, (a children’s book or school supply item), purchase any additional Final Show tickets you wish to buy, and pay any outstanding balance that you may have. You receive your contestant number and your pageant yearbook.
What is the Pageant Kick-Off?
This is the Official Kick-Off and Orientation to your State Competition and all contestants are required to attend. Parents are encouraged to attend (at least one parent must attend with Princess, Jr Pre-Teens, and Pre-Teens). Wear your production outfit to the Pageant Kick-Off.
What outfits do I wear during each event?
You can see examples of these outfits in the NAM magazines that are available online at namstateinfo.com. About two weeks before your State Pageant, we will email a Final Schedule to you with reminders of which outfits are worn for each event, but here are the basics:
• Formal Wear Dress: worn for the Formal Wear with Escort competition and the Final Show
• Interview Outfit: worn for Interview and Personal Introduction
• Production Outfit: worn for the opening number of the Final Show and for the Pageant Kick-Off, Group Photo and if you are competing in the Actress optional competition. You will bring your denim shorts & white tennis shoes to wear with a NAM shirt and socks that you will purchase and pick-up at Pageant Check-in, (or you can pre-pay for your shirt and socks online at MyNAMiss.com). Either way, you pick them up at Pageant Check-in.
• Outfits for any optional competitions you decide to compete in
• Casual clothes: for rehearsals and your free time
• Pajamas: if you would like to attend the Get-Acquainted Pajama Party
What is the Crash Course?
It is a review of all required competitions. You will practice and receive feedback. It is optional to attend and costs $25, (which covers admission for the contestant and one family member). You also receive an official NAM souvenir!
What is the Get Acquainted Pajama Party?
Free to attend and for contestants only (Princess & Jr Pre-Teen contestants are required to have one parent with them). A great chance to meet new friends, our pageant mentors, and the current NAM royalty!
When is my escort needed?
Your escort will be needed during the “Formal Wear with Escort” competition. You may also want to have your escort attend the Formal Wear Rehearsal so they can practice with you. You do not need an escort for the Final Show.
What if I would like the escort to present flowers onstage to the State Finalist?
A 3-rose bouquet is available for purchase (at MyNAMiss.com) or as supplies allow during Pageant Check-In. The flowers that are pre-purchased may be picked up at the NAM Boutique near the ballroom 30 minutes prior to the Formal Wear with Escort.
It says FINAL SHOWS are the only ticketed event. So, does that mean everything else is free to watch?
YES! However, the Interview Competition, Optional Top Model, Optional Red Carpet Contest are closed to an audience.
Who needs a ticket to the Final Show?
Everyone over the age of three who is attending the Final Show, except the State Finalist. Also, please remember that escorts are only used during the Formal Wear Competition. So, if your escort is coming to the Final Show, he will need a ticket.
How do we purchase Final Show tickets?
You can purchase tickets online at MyNAMiss.com. You will pick-up pre-purchased tickets at Pageant Check-In. You can also purchase additional tickets at Pageant Check-in until sold out. Ticket purchases are non-refundable.
What happens at the FINAL SHOW?
This is the Grand Finale of your NAM Experience! Every girl participates in this LIVE show featuring professional staging, lighting, entertainment…and of course, HER! The show begins with our State Finalists performing their Opening Number wearing their production outfit (described above). Then each girl will change into her Formal Wear Dress to be presented on stage in the spotlight. This is our chance to recognize her for her hard work and determination throughout this entire experience. There are no SCORES given at this time. All scoring will have taken place during the preliminary competitions that are shown on your schedule. We will also recognize our Optional Contest Award Winners during the Final Show. The emcee will announce the top semi-finalists (the girls who scored the highest from the required competitions, thus making them one step closer to becoming the next State Queen). The reigning queens will then have their farewells, followed by the exciting announcement of the runners-up and crowning of the new State Queen!