It's been a few hundred years since the country left that whole monarchy thing behind, but that doesn't mean you can't be queen for a day.
The Elkhart County 4-H Fair Queen Contest started taking applications this week, and the first 50 eligible women to enter will have a shot at the crown. Contestants must be at least 16 years old by the day of the contest, July 18, and must be under 21.
Participants will be judged on the basis of conversational skills, poise and personality. The contest has three rounds – evening gown, interview and professional wear.
Though only the first 50 applicants will be guaranteed spots in the competition, contest organizer Jessica Whickcar said there will be a waiting list in case someone drops out.
In addition to the application, contestants must provide:
- An $80 entry fee
- A photo taken in a professional photographer's studio or a school photo
- A resume that shares biographical information, as well as information about activities, interests and honors
Contestants are required to attend a series of mandatory meetings in June and July – the schedule is available alongside the application. Participants must be Indiana residents, cannot have ever been married, cannot be professional models and cannot have children or be pregnant.
A full list of rules and requirements can be found on the application.