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Miss Apple Festival Scholarship Pageant

Sunday, September 18, 2022 2:00PM - 6:00PM
2019-2020 Miss Apple Festival Connor McBride
2021 Official Queen Portraits Coming Soon
2021 Queen contestants pose with 2019-2020 Queen Connor McBride for a photo op before the Grand Parade.

The Miss Apple Festival Scholarship Pageant is one of the oldest and longest-running events of the Murphysboro Apple Festival. Each year, one young lady is chosen to represent Murphysboro and the Apple Festival at several events all across Southern Illinois. Hundreds of dollars in scholarship money is awarded every year as well as many other gifts. All contestants attend and participate in several events during the Festival, including the Queen's Tea, Apple Pie Eating Contest, and Grand Parade.

Queen Connor crowns Queen Isabela at the conclusion of the 2021 Miss Apple Festival Scholarship Pageant with First Runner-Up, Ashley Jarrett (R), and Second Runner-Up, Alara Pfeaster (L).

Tickets for the Miss Apple Festival Scholarship Pageant are $8.00 and are on sale TBA, available to purchase through Eventbrite (COMING SOON!). Buy early and pick your own seats! Any unsold seats will be available for purchase at the door.

2021 Miss Apple Festival
Isabela Cerrato

2022 Miss Apple Festival Contestants

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WHERE: Murphysboro High School Performing Arts Center (Directions)

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

EVENT CHAIRS: Gaye Youngman, Patty Thrailkill, Jessica White, & Kelly Lattan

Tickets are available for purchase through Eventbrite (COMING SOON!). Tickets are $8.

Click HERE to register online to be a Queen Contestant!


  • Contestant must be female and a permanent resident of Jackson County, or be a student or graduate of a Jackson County high school at the time of application.
  • Contestant shall not be younger than 17 (seventeen) or older than 20 (twenty) years of age at the time of the pageant. Contestants younger than 18 (eighteen) years of age must have the written consent of a parent/guardian.
  • Contestant/Reigning Miss Apple Festival must be single, never married, never divorced, not had a marriage annulled, never pregnant, nor given birth to a child, and must be of good moral character.
  • Contestant/Miss Apple Festival may not hold another pageant title at the time of the pageant or during her reign as queen.
  • Contestant agrees to have photographs taken at the discretion of the Murphysboro Apple Festival and Queen's Committee. It is understood that these photographs may be used in any manner related to the Murphysboro Apple Festival.
  • The contestant chosen at the 2022 Miss Apple Festival agrees to be available to reign over the 2023 Murphysboro Apple Festival and make all personal appearances arranged by the Murphysboro Apple Festival Committee.
  • If for any reason the winning contestant becomes incapable of performing her duties or is deemed ineligible according to the rules and regulations outlined here, at the discretion of the Murphysboro Apple Festival, she will relinquish her title and remaining scholarship money. The runner-up will then be named Miss Apple Festival, provided she is qualified. In the event the runner-up is not qualified to serve as Miss Apple Festival, the Murphysboro Apple Festival reserves the right to use the immediate past Miss Apple Festival to fulfill the duties of Queen.
  • Winning contestants must provide proof of enrollment at a college or university to the Murphysboro Apple Festival to receive scholarship money. The scholarship will be paid upon completion of her reign as Queen.
  • Contestants will be judged in these areas of competition: swimsuit, evening gown, private interview, and on-stage speaking.
  • Contestants must have a sponsor for the pageant. The sponsor's fee is $100 and contestants may only have one sponsor.
  • The decision of the judges is final.
  • The Murphysboro Apple Festival reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.

Click below to download a copy of these rules with a paper application form

Miss Apple Festival Scholarship Pageant Rules and Application

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