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Prince & Princess Contest

Saturday, September 18, 2021 6:00PM - 7:30PM
2019 Prince & Princess
Jackson Lattan & Carly Stapleton

The Murphysboro Apple Festival Prince & Princess Contest is open to all children ages five (5) to nine (9) years of age. 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 Apple Festival Pageant.

Voting has begun and will continue until Friday, September 17th, 2021. You can find contestants voting canisters at The First Bank & Trust Co. of Murphysboro and several other businesses in Murphysboro. New for 2021: ONLINE VOTING!

Tickets for the Prince & Princess Pageant are $8.00 and are on sale now, only available at the Murphysboro Apple Festival Office. Buy early and pick your own seats!

NOTE: Due to ongoing health concerns, tickets for the Prince & Princess Pageant and Miss Apple Festival Pageant will be sold separately. If you would like to attend both events, you must purchase a ticket for each. Tickets are still $8 per seat but are now also per pageant. Seating arrangements have been modified for adequate distancing between groups. Due to this, seating is limited for each pageant. MASKS ARE MANDATORY FOR ALL INDOOR MURPHYSBORO APPLE FESTIVAL EVENTS IN 2021!

2019 Prince & Princess contestants pose for a picture with Captain Applesauce and 2018 Miss Apple Festival Kaci Rendleman, Prince Parker Smith, and Princess Hailey Kupferer, before the Kiddie Parade.

2021 Apple Festival Prince & Princess Contestants

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WHERE: Murphysboro Middle School Auditorium (Directions)

WHEN: Saturday, September 18, 2021, at 6:00 PM
Voting will take place between now and September 17, 2021

EVENT CHAIR: Ashley Runge

Tickets are only available for purchase at the Murphysboro Apple Festival Office (110 S 14th St) during regular office hours. Tickets are $8.

*NEW FOR 2021*

Register Online HERE!

JULY 15, 2021!


  • Any boy or girl between the ages of five (5) years old and nine (9) years old that resides in Jackson County is eligible to enter the contest. The age has been extended this year due to the cancellation of last year’s Apple Festival. Each contestant must not be older than nine (9) years of age, or younger than five (5) years of age on September 1, 2021.
  • 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.
  • Online voting will be available through the Apple Festival website, More
    information will be provided at the parent meeting.
  • Additional information on sponsorship and online voting will be provided at parents' meeting.
  • The Prince and Princess chose must agree to make appearances and allow the use of any photos that the Apple Festival deems necessary.
  • In the event the winning contestant becomes unable for any reason to fulfill his or her duties, the runner-up shall take his or her place.
  • 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.
  • 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 Appletime Prince & Princess contest, at which time the winners will be announced.
  • On Friday, September 17, 2021, 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 Appletime Prince & Princess contest September 18, 2021. The decision of the Committee is final. Suitable gifts and awards will be given to each contestant, and the winning Prince and Princess.
  • 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

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