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Prince & Princess Contest

Sunday, September 17, 2023 2:00PM - 6:00PM
2022 Prince & Princess Kaden Rafael Jordan and Maci Jo Maynor

The Murphysboro Apple Festival Prince & Princess Contest is open to all children ages five (5) to eight (8) years of age who live in Jackson County, Illinois. Each contestant will participate in several Apple Festival events including the Kiddie Parade, Grand Parade, and the winners will be announced on stage during the Pageant. For more information on how to participate, see the column to the right.

Voting is OPEN! You will find contestants' voting canisters at The First Bank & Trust Co. of Murphysboro and several other businesses in Murphysboro. You can now also VOTE ONLINE (COMING SOON!).

Tickets for the Prince & Princess Pageant are $8.00 and will be available to purchase online through Eventbrite. Buy early and pick your own seats! Any unsold seats will be available for purchase at the door.
Click HERE to purchase tickets through Eventbrite (COMING SOON!).

2022 Prince & Princess contestants pose before the Kiddie Parade with Captain Applesauce, and 2021 Royalty, Queen Isabela Cerrato, Prince Elijah James Bell, and Princess Malia Rae Conway.

2023 Prince & Princess
Kyren Adams & Marcella Haney

2023 1st Runners-Up
Karter Gaines & Lillian Porter

2023 Apple Festival Prince & Princess Contestants

Click on each photo to enlarge
Click here to VOTE ONLINE Voting is now closed!


WHERE: Murphysboro High School Performing Arts Center (Directions)

WHEN: Sunday, September 15, 2024, 2:00 PM

EVENT CHAIR: Ashley Runge

Pageant Tickets are $8 and are available to purchase through Eventbrite. They will also be available to purchase at the door.

Click HERE to purchase tickets through Eventbrite



WHERE: Canisters available at First Bank & Trust and other Murphysboro businesses or Vote Online.



Click HERE to Register Online



  • Any boy or girl between the ages of five (5) years old and eight (8) years old as of September 1, 2024, who resides in Jackson County, Illinois is eligible to enter the contest.
  • The winner of this contest will be chosen on the basis of one cent ($.01) per vote. The contestant with the most votes will be declared the winner. Each contestant must have at least one $50 sponsor. This sponsor does not have to be obtained prior to entering the contest.
  • Each contestant will be provided with four (4) canisters. Three (3) of the canisters may be placed in any desired location. The fourth canister will be placed at The First Bank & Trust Co. of Murphysboro.
  • Online voting will be available through the Apple Festival website,
  • Additional information on sponsorship and voting will be provided at parents' meeting(s).
  • Parents will be notified of all meetings, when official portraits will be taken, and when canisters will be given out after the application deadline closes.
  • Each contestant will appear in the Children’s Pet & Hobby Parade, the Grand Parade, and the Prince & Princess Pageant, at which time the winners will be announced.
  • On Friday, September 13, 2024, each contestant must return all collected canister monies by 12:00 p.m. to The First Bank & Trust Co of Murphysboro (1403 Walnut St). The bank will count the money and tabulate the votes. Online voting will end at this time as well.
  • The Counting Committee will place the winning contestants’ names in a sealed envelope, which will not be opened until the Prince & Princess Pageant on September 17, 2023. The decision of the Committee is final. Suitable gifts and awards will be given to each contestant and the winning Prince and Princess.
  • The Prince and Princess declared the winners must agree to make appearances during their reign and allow the use of any photos that the Murphysboro Apple Festival deems necessary.
  • In the event a winning contestant becomes unable to fulfill his or her duties for any reason, the runner-up shall take his or her place.
  • The Committee reserves the right to change, delete, alter, or add regulations as set forth and deemed to be in the best interest of the Apple Festival. All committee decisions are final.

Downloadable Rules & Regulations & Paper Application Form

The Murphysboro Apple Festival has implemented enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures and has added additional handwashing stations and sanitizing stations throughout the Festival grounds. Please follow all recommended guidelines while attending the Festival in order to keep it fun and safe for everyone!

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