ALL festival pageants, statewide or national , are natural pageants. The criteria for natural are as listed below. Always if you have questions, do NOT take second hand information. Call or text Dianne at 859 625 8490 or kyfestivals@hotmail.com


**** All rules apply for preliminary and state pageants ***

0-2 Years
1. Attire can have stones or sequins, MUST have a tag present inside. You can text photos to the above number if you have questions. Custom gowns are not permitted for this age bracket. If you have questions or are unsure you can always text a photo of gown and tag to 859 625 8490. Short or long are permitted, just make sure they can walk easily in the long gown. Babies should always have a diaper cover over their diaper. Socks and shoes are a personal preference, but it's suggested to never wear black shoes for beauty competition. It's highly suggested for them to have a short cupcake type dress if possible.
2. Light makeup may be worn.  Definition of light makeup  (not suggested for 0-11 months)
    light powder, lip gloss, clear or light mascara, light blush
3. HAIR PIECES are strictly prohibited. This includes pony or hair clip in extensions.
4. SPRAY TANS are strictly prohibited. You may NOT spray tan a child in this age bracket.
5. Fake nails or gel nails are not permitted in this age bracket. This goes for feet and hands. A clear or light polish is permitted.
6. It is never suggested for the contestants to do any type of "routine" modeling with the "duck" face or other glitz moves. We are not toddlers and tiaras, we want to see the natural personality of the contestants. Waving or blowing a kiss is fine.
7. Hands on hip is totally fine in this age bracket.
8. Parents are permitted always to come on stage with the child.
9. Each parent wishing to enter the ballroom or area where pageant is held must purchase an arm band or admission ticket.
10. All contestants entered in the girls divisions, must be a natural born female.
11. All will compete as of their age at the pageant , even if having a birthday before state or nationals. It's always suggested to keep a copy of the birth certificate on hand, do NOT submit to us.
12. Last and not least - SPORTSMANSHIP. If there is poor sportsmanship by a parent or family member of a contestant, not only do you set a bad example, but the contestant could be relinquished of title and all prizes going with that title. This includes behavior in the dressing area, outside the facility, inside the facility, in the ballroom, or back stage. We always allow you to speak with the judges after crowning, in a respectful manner.
*** All contestants per age group will line up in their gowns before individual scoring for the judging of optional categories **

BOYS
* All rules above apply, where related to the male gender.
* Attire is Sunday best suit or tuxedo
* Boys compete as of their age on pageant day
* A parent is always permitted to accompany the contestant on stage.
~ See above for 0-3 for other rules concerning behavior etc.
*** All contestants per age group will line up in their gowns before individual scoring for the judging of optional categories **


3-7 Years 
1. Attire can have stones or sequins, MUST have a tag present inside. You can text photos to the above number if you have questions. Custom gowns are not permitted for this age bracket. If you have questions or are unsure you can always text a photo of gown and tag to 859 625 8490. Short or long are permitted, just make sure they can walk easily in the long gown. Babies should always have a diaper cover over their diaper. Socks and shoes are a personal preference, but it's suggested to never wear black shoes for beauty competition. It is highly suggested that 4 and older wear a long gown. Long dresses should barely graze the floor, at no time should you see the foot or ankle or whole shoe.
2. Light makeup may be worn.  Definition of light makeup 
    light powder/foundation , lip gloss or light color , clear or light mascara, light blush
3. HAIR PIECES are strictly prohibited. This includes pony or hair clip in extensions.
4. SPRAY TANS are strictly prohibited. You may NOT spray tan a child in this age bracket.
5. Fake nails or gel nails are permitted if a very short natural length. A clear or light polish is permitted.
6. It is never suggested for the contestants to do any type of "routine" modeling with the "duck" face or other glitz moves. We are not toddlers and tiaras, we want to see the natural personality of the contestants. Hands on the hip is fine, just don't do too often. Remember they need to project personality as well.
7. Hands on hip is totally fine in this age bracket.
8. Parents are permitted always to come on stage with the child if they're shy or uncomfortable.
9. Each parent wishing to enter the ballroom or area where pageant is held must purchase an arm band or admission ticket.
10. All contestants entered in the girls divisions, must be a natural born female.
11. All will compete as of their age at the pageant , even if having a birthday before state or nationals. It's always suggested to keep a copy of the birth certificate on hand, do NOT submit to us.
12. Last and not least - SPORTSMANSHIP. If there is poor sportsmanship by a parent or family member of a contestant, not only do you set a bad example, but the contestant could be relinquished of title and all prizes going with that title. This includes behavior in the dressing area, outside the facility, inside the facility, in the ballroom, or back stage. We always allow you to speak with the judges after crowning, in a respectful manner.
*** All contestants per age group will line up in their gowns before individual scoring for the judging of optional categories **




8-12 Years
1. Dresses should be store bought or off the rack with a tag present inside. You can text photos to the above number if you have questions. Custom gowns are not permitted for this age bracket. If you have questions or are unsure you can always text a photo of gown and tag to 859 625 8490. All gowns must be floor length for this age bracket and should not have a front split or "hi low" style.  Dresses should graze the floor and never see the foot or shoe.
2. A heavier full makeup is allowed, just remember to keep it age appropriate. All aspects of makeup but in a reasonable manner. Still no FAKE lashes in this age bracket.
3. HAIR PIECES are strictly prohibited. This includes pony or hair clip in extensions.
4. SPRAY TANS are strictly prohibited. You may NOT spray tan a child in this age bracket. For 8-12 if they wanted to use a tinted lotion such as Jergens that would be permitted for a warmer tone. But not a full spray tan!
5. Very short acrylic or gel nails are permitted, just not too long or grown up.
6.In the 8 -12 preteen division they will be judged more on their poise and projection while modeling. Remember less "younger" type modeling and more grace and eye contact with judges. Be relaxed and show your personal style and inner beauty. This is your chance to shine.  If there is an onstage question for this age bracket, you will be notified ahead of time and an actual list of questions will be given.
7. Hands on hip is totally fine in this age bracket. I would only suggest to do this a minimum of times.
8. Parents are never suggested on stage with the contestant in these ages.
9. Each parent wishing to enter the ballroom or area where pageant is held must purchase an arm band or admission ticket.
10. All contestants entered in the girls divisions, must be a natural born female.
11. All will compete as of their age at the pageant , even if having a birthday before state or nationals. It's always suggested to keep a copy of the birth certificate on hand, do NOT submit to us.
12. Last and not least - SPORTSMANSHIP. If there is poor sportsmanship by a parent or family member of a contestant, not only do you set a bad example, but the contestant could be relinquished of title and all prizes going with that title. This includes behavior in the dressing area, outside the facility, inside the facility, in the ballroom, or back stage. We always allow you to speak with the judges after crowning, in a respectful manner.

*** All contestants per age group will line up in their gowns before individual scoring for the judging of optional categories **



13 & Older Years
1. In the teen and older custom gowns are a relative term, Sherri Hill or Tony Bowls may have a "custom" gown but it's still a national designer found in stores.  You can text photos to the above number if you have questions. Custom gowns are permitted for this age bracket. If you have questions or are unsure you can always text a photo of gown and tag to 859 625 8490. All gowns must be floor length for this age bracket and Teen 13-15 should not have a front split or "hi low" style.  Dresses should graze the floor and never see the foot or shoe. The styling of 16 and up for Miss and older are the contestants choice, but still floor length gown for evening gown competition.
2. Full makeup is allowed again remember on younger teens to be more age appropriate.  Lashes are permitted in this age bracket.  
3."Natural Looking" hair extensions are permitted in this age bracket.
4. SPRAY TANS are permitted in this age bracket. Just keep in mind you should still look natural, nothing worse than an orange spray tan :/   
5.Acrylic or gel nails are permitted, just not too long or grown up.
6.Girls may have an on stage question, if this is the case you will be notified ahead of time and given a list of the actual questions to practice.
7. Hands on hip is totally fine in this age bracket. I would only suggest to do this a minimum of times.
8. Parents or loved ones are never suggested on stage with the contestant in these ages.
9. Each parent wishing to enter the ballroom or area where pageant is held must purchase an arm band or admission ticket.
10. All contestants entered in the girls divisions, must be a natural born female.
11. All will compete as of their age at the pageant , even if having a birthday before state or nationals. It's always suggested to keep a copy of the birth certificate on hand, do NOT submit to us.
12. Last and not least - SPORTSMANSHIP. If there is poor sportsmanship by a parent or family member of a contestant, not only do you set a bad example, but the contestant could be relinquished of title and all prizes going with that title. This includes behavior in the dressing area, outside the facility, inside the facility, in the ballroom, or back stage. We always allow you to speak with the judges after crowning, in a respectful manner.

*** All contestants per age group will line up in their gowns before individual scoring for the judging of optional categories **



Other Questions We Encounter

1. Checks made payable to AmeriFest LLC
2. Entries for preliminaries can be made here online by clicking "Enter Online" or mailing the completed entry form and photo by the pageant deadline to  PO Box 1174 Richmond, KY 40476
3. Our pageant line for phone or text is 859 625 8490
4. Any photos submitted should have a press release in your possession, do NOT submit to us. They should be unaltered photos (light touch ups allowed, no added teeth, lashes, etc to the photos). They may be up to 8x10 in color or black and white. Always must be labeled with name and age. NO frames ever permitted.
6. Ads are not returned.
7. We may reject any ad we deem unsuitable for our audience , appropriate materials
8. Any ads submitted after the deadline may be rejected.
9. Walmart chances may be sold up until pageant day and $1 for $1 go toward any fees or items you have marked. You must still send in a portion as a deposit by your deadline. Bring tickets cut up to the pageant.
10. Any money earned through prizes or rewards will be given in check form in the cash equivalent amount.
11. Any title may be relinquished if the state or national offices conclude that a contestants has abused or misused or misrepresented AmeriFest or State Festival Associations. For example, seen drinking or doing drugs in their title sash, in clubs or other facilities where it is not viewed in a positive light or sets a good example, they are seen on social media with nudity or profanity. All contestants and winners must hold themselves to a high moral standard and set an example for the younger contestants and represent their state with class and dignity.
12. IF for some reason a state or national title holder (grand supreme) were to win another title during their reign that permitted them from representing AmeriFest or their respective state title, the title and all responsibilities and appearances, including the crowning of her successor , will be handed down to the next highest score behind her (normally Mini Supreme). We do NOT prohibit you from competing in other pageants during your reign, however if you do win a title or have another obligation that prohibits you from carrying out your duties this would apply. If any Preteen, Teen, or Miss winner becomes pregnant during her reign, all titles and responsibilities would be handed down to the next highest score in line. This does not apply to MS , Mrs. , or Modern Woman divisions.