Thank you for choosing to participate in the 2018 Vernon Hills Pageant! Each year, three young ladies are selected to represent our community as Little Miss Vernon Hills, Junior Miss Vernon Hills, and Miss Vernon Hills. The pageant is intended to be an enjoyable event for all those who participate. As a contestant, you will experience fun activities, meet new people, and become more involved with the Village of Vernon Hills. While we believe that the pageant can be a rewarding experience for all who are involved, we do ask you to consider carefully your own desires and expectations for the pageant prior to applying for the competition. Although many outstanding and deserving girls will compete for the title, only three can be crowned. We hope you have as exciting of a time participating in the pageant as we do planning it!

Age Requirements:
Little Miss: 6-9 years old. Contestant must be at least 6 years old on June 16, 2018 and must not turn 10 before January 1, 2019

Junior Miss: 10-15 years old. Contestant must be at least 10 years old on June 16, 2018 and must not turn 16 before January 1, 2019

Miss: 16-21 years old. Contestant must be at least 16 years old on June 16, 2018 and must not turn 22 before January 1, 2019.

Competition Procedures:
Each contestant will compete and be scored in the following three categories. More specific information regarding appropriate outfits and competition procedures will be provided at the first contestant meeting.

Required Events:
Please check to make sure you can attend ALL of these events!

Friday, May 4, 2018 Applications Due
Return to the Village Hall by 5:00pm

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 First Meeting with Contestants
TIME: 4:30pm- Little Miss Contestants
5:15pm- Junior Miss Contestants
6:00pm- Miss Contestants
LOCATION: Vernon Hills Park District – Sullivan Center, Meeting Rooms A&B

Sunday, June 3, 2018 Formal Portraits in Formal gowns/party dresses
TIME: 11:00am-1:00pm – All Contestants (staggered throughout timeframe)
LOCATION: Westfield Mall, JC Penny Portrait Studio

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 First Rehearsal
TIME: 5pm- Little Miss Contestants
6pm- Junior Miss Contestants
6:30pm- Miss Contestants
LOCATION: Vernon Hills Park District– Sullivan Center, Stage Area

Saturday, June 16, 2018 Pageant Interviews
TIME: 10:00am- Little Miss Contestants
10:45am- Junior Miss Contestants
11:30am- Miss Contestants
LOCATION: Vernon Hills Park District – Sullivan Center, Meeting Rooms A&B

Saturday, June 16, 2018 2018 Vernon Hills Pageant
TIME: 1pm
LOCATION: Vernon Hills Park District – Sullivan Center

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 Vernon Hills 4th of July Celebration
The 2018 Vernon Hills Queens and their runners-up will be participating in the Vernon Hills 4th of July celebration. If you will not be available that day, please do not enter the pageant

March 2019 (Date TBD) Lake County Illinois State Pageant
The 2018 Vernon Hills Queens will be competing in the Lake County Illinois State Pageant in March 2018.

For any further information please contact one of the directors:

Cassie Horvath                          Michelle Newman                        Hannah Frei
Pageant Director Pageant         Director Pageant                         Director
847-727-3833                            847-361-2774                              847-302-4266     

To be eligible to participate and be queen in Vernon Hills, the following must be agreed to:
• I am a resident of Vernon Hills with a Vernon Hills mailing address and a 60061 zip code.
• I am of the appropriate age, as outlined on page 1 of the application.
• I identify as a female.
• I will serve as Little Miss Vernon Hills until my successor is selected or appointed.
• I will make myself available for interviews, personal appearances, testimonials and other various commitments that the Vernon Hills Pageant has made and will make for me.
• I give permission for my likeness to be replicated in any media form as consented by the Vernon Hills Pageant at its sole discretion. Missing too many required events may result in relinquishing my title to the first runner up.
• I understand that I may not compete in another pageant other than the Lake County Illinois Scholarship Pageant without the direct permission of the Vernon Hills Pageant Directors.
• I understand that I may not be a current titleholder of another pageant.
• If I become ineligible for any reason, I will immediately relinquish my crown and prizes to the next eligible runner-up. The Vernon Hills Pageant committee will administer this provision with the utmost integrity and sensitivity.
• I understand that as a Vernon Hills Queen, I am representing Vernon Hills and must therefore dress and act appropriately. This includes not only while at pageant events but also how I choose to represent myself in my personal life and online. If the Vernon Hills Pageant committee deems a behavior inappropriate, I may be forced to relinquish my title to the next eligible runner up, depending on the severity of my behavior.
• Parents/guardians understand that should their contestant win the pageant, there will be dozens of events throughout the year that queens must attend. The nature of these events varies, but the queens are always volunteers for the events and rarely participate in the activities. Additionally, siblings or friends of queens will not receive special accommodations for any events at which the queens volunteer.
• "We (contestant) and (parent/guardian) understand that we are participating in the pageant on a voluntary basis and that there will be many qualified, talented, smart and engaging contestants who participate. We appreciate that one of the principal benefits of our involvement in the pageant is the experience the contestants receive throughout the process and having a successful pageant experience is not determined by the final decision. We also understand that the pageant is staffed by volunteers whose job is made very difficult due to the number of qualified contestants. We agree that we will not challenge or complain about the pageant process or the final decisions. We know the Pageant staff are volunteers who are involved so that the contestants can benefit from the entire experience of being involved in a pageant and not just the final decisions."

Cassie Horvath
Pageant Director 
Michelle Newman
Pageant Director
Hannah Black
Pageant Director