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Miss Apple Festival Scholarship Pageant

Saturday, September 18, 2021 8:00PM - 10:00PM
2019 Miss Apple Festival Connor McBride

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 award 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.

Tickets for the Miss Apple Festival Scholarship Pageant are $8.00 and are on sale now, only available at the Murphysboro Apple Festival Office. Buy early and pick your own seats! Any unsold seats will be available for purchase at the door.

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 $8.00 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 Queen contestants pose for a photo before the Grand Parade

2021 Miss Apple Festival Contestants

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WHERE: Murphysboro Middle School Auditorium (Directions)

WHEN: Saturday, September 18, 2021, at 8:00 PM

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

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


  • 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 2021 Miss Apple Festival agrees to be available to reign over the 2022 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.
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