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Prince & Princess Contest

Sunday, September 18, 2022 2:00PM - 6:00PM
2021 Prince & Princess
Elijah James Bell & Malia Rae Conway

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 will begin TBA. 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 (Voting is now closed).

Tickets for the Prince & Princess Pageant are $8.00 and are on sale August 24, 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 (Sales are now closed)

2021 Prince & Princess contestants pose before the Kiddie Parade with Captain Applesauce, and 2019-2020 Royalty, Queen Connor McBride, Prince Jackson Lattan, Princess Carly Stapleton, and Prince Runner-Up Braxton Pritchett.

2022 Apple Festival Prince & Princess
Kaden Rafael Jordan & Maci Jo Maynor

1st Runners-Up
Isaiah Koonce & Olivia Maree Hines

2022 Apple Festival Prince & Princess Contestants

Click on each photo to enlarge
Click here to VOTE ONLINE

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WHERE: Murphysboro High School Performing Arts Center (Directions)

WHEN: Sunday, September 18, 2022, at 2:00 PM

EVENT CHAIR: Ashley Runge


Tickets are $8 and are available to purchase through Eventbrite starting 8/24. They will also be available to purchase at the door.

Click HERE to purchase tickets through Eventbrite


WHEN: Aug 22 - Sep 16, 2022

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


Click Here to Register Online

JULY 14, 2022!


  • Any boy or girl between the ages of five (5) years old and eight (8) years old as of September 1, 2022, and 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 five (5) canisters. Four (4) of the canisters may be placed in any desired location. The fifth canister will be placed at The First Bank & Trust Company 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, and when canisters are to be given out. Also, parents will be advised when pictures will be taken.
  • 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 16, 2022, each contestant must return all collected canister monies by 12:00 p.m. to The First Bank & Trust Company of Murphysboro. The bank will count the money and tabulate the votes.
  • 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 18, 2022. 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 occasional 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 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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