Have you ever had a pageant system you heard about when you were younger but something was keeping you from competing in it?
Whether it was money or some other commitment, don’t you wish you could go back and compete in it just once?
When I first got started in pageantry, I was introduced to Miss American Coed, or MAC, when the local director came to our rehearsal and invited us to participate. I was unable to that year and, in the world before Google, I never gave it much thought.
Well, 15 years later this article comes across my desk and I’m excited to announce that MAC is not just for teens and college kids anymore.
MAC has a Ms. Division for contestants ages 23-30 who are married, divorced or single.
Getting to Compete
While other age divisions begin their journey to nationals with a state competition, the Ms. Division has a straight shot.
“We do not hold pageants for the Ms. age division at the state level; it is an open national competition,” explained Patty Hawkins, National Director for MAC. “State Queens’ titles are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so contestants should apply early to make sure they receive the title they prefer.”
Areas of Competition
There are only three required areas of competition, and odds are you already have the wardrobe in your closet.
Interview: Wear a conservative dress or interview suit
Personal Introduction: You will have a time limit of 20 seconds to speak
Evening Wear: Wear a formal evening gown
“Although gowns in this age division may be more sophisticated than the younger divisions, gowns with deep plunging necklines or slits cut very high up on the thigh are discouraged,” Hawkins said. (Read: Top 10 Ms. Evening Gowns of 2016)
Option for Optionals
One of the fun things about other pageants are the optional competitions that contestants get to compete in that seem obsolete in pageants as we get older. But MAC still gives you that chance as a Ms. (Read: How to Use Your Age as an Advantage in Pageantry)
Optionals include: Talent, Speech, Photogenic, Acting, Modeling, Fitness Wear Modeling, Cheerleading, Academic Achievement and Volunteer Service.
The only requirement is that state queens compete at nationals and national queens return to crown their successors the following year.
There are opportunities to make appearances, but they are not required.
Benefits of a MAC Ms. Title
Other than a title that accommodates your schedule as an adult without crowding it with mandatory appearances like other systems, a MAC Ms. title has other benefits, too.
All MAC pageants are conservative. There is no swimsuit competition nor required talent.
MAC pageant events are professional and organized with friendly and knowledgeable staff.
The competition is held the week of Thanksgiving at the Hilton-Orlando located across the street from Disney Springs in Lake Buena Vista, FL.
The Cost to Compete
The fee is $1,200 and covers entry in the required competitions, state queen’s crown and banner, two pages in the digital program to thank sponsors, and a $300 travel allowance that may be applied to the entry fee, reducing it to $900.
Interested in getting involved with a pageant system that’s been around since 1983? Visit www.macpageants.org and click on free info or email the national director, Patty Hawkins, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The national pageant will be November 20th-25th, 2017.
Good luck, ladies!