Thursday, January 5, 2012

Rankin Beauty Pageants Coming Up

A message from pageant director Ray Trianes.

(left to right)
Alivia Roberts - Miss Dogwood Festival Outstanding Teen 2011
Rebecca Mathis, Miss Dogwood Festival 2011
Molly Nail, Miss Rankin County/Southwest 2011
Madison Brock, Miss Rankin County/SW Outstanding Teen 2011

2012 Miss Rankin County/Southwest
Miss Dogwood Festival Scholarship Pageant
Official Preliminary to the Miss Mississippi Pageant


We are excited to welcome another pageant year! The Miss Dogwood Festival Pageant is an open preliminary pageant on its third year. Any qualified young lady in the state of Mississippi can compete for this title.

The overall success of this scholarship program is possible through the support and generosity of the community, businesses, schools and individual volunteers and participation of contestants.

The 2012 Miss Rankin County/Southwest Mississippi Pageant and Miss Dogwood Festival Pageant will be held on January 14, 2012 at Brandon High School Auditorium. The winners of this pageant will receive college scholarships and represent Rankin County and Southwest Mississippi at the statewide-televised Miss Mississippi Pageant in Vicksburg on June 2012. They will be guaranteed at least another $1,300 in scholarship fund at the state pageant.

The Miss Rankin County/Southwest Pageant is open to ladies in Rankin, Simpson counties and to the following twelve southwestern counties in Mississippi that include: Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Wilkinson, Amite, Pike, Lincoln, Copiah, Walthall, Lawrence, Jefferson Davis and Marion. The Miss Dogwood Festival Pageant is open to any qualified ladies in the state. Miss contestants must be between the ages of 17-24 and at least a senior in high school. Contestants should have never been married or pregnant to be eligible. There is a required fee of $100 to be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network fund.

If you are interested, you need to begin your preparations now.  There are four areas of competition involved in winning the Miss Rankin County/ Southwest and Miss Dogwood Festival titles.
They include:
  • talent (talent presentation should not be more than 90 seconds, so start perfecting your talent now!)
  • interview (you will talk about your “platform issue”- this pertains to an issue that you would speak about if you become Miss Mississippi or even Miss America)
  • evening gown and swimwear
An on-stage question will also be a part of the competition. Previous issues for the platform have included many different causes such as domestic violence, eating disorder, tobacco awareness, education, volunteerism, breast cancer prevention, etc.

There is a Junior Division at the Miss Rankin County/Southwest Pageant and Miss Dogwood Festival Pageant, which will be held in the morning of January 14th.

Those divisions are:

  • 0-23 months Girls, Baby Miss
  • 0-23 months Boys, Baby Mr.
  • 2-3 yrs. Girls, Tiny Miss
  • 2-3 yrs. Boys, Tiny Mr.
  • 4-5 yrs. Girls, Little Miss
  • 4-5 yrs. Boys, Little Mr.
  • 6-8 yrs. Girls, Young Miss
  • 6-8 yrs. Boys, Young Mr.
  • 9-11 yrs. Girls, Pre-Teen
  • 12-14 yrs. Girls Junior Miss
  • 15-17 yrs., Miss Teen Rankin County, Miss Teen Southwest and Miss Teen Dogwood.
In the morning pageant, there will also be a Miss and Mrs. Division (married woman between the ages of 18 and up). If you know of anyone who would like to compete for the Junior Division, that pageant will be held at 10:00 AM with the Teen, Miss and Mrs. Division. Two Outstanding Teen titles will be awarded: Rankin County/ Southwest’s Outstanding Teen and Dogwood Festival Outstanding Teen (with talent and athletic wear competition).

The Outstanding Teen and Miss Pageant will be held at 6 P.M. There is a required fee of $100 for Teen contestants that will be donated to the Miss Rankin County Scholarship program. Applications for the Junior, Teen, Miss and Mrs. are available for download at our website:

Miss and Outstanding Teen contestant’s rehearsals will be on Friday January 13th at 5:00 PM at Brandon High School Auditorium. During this rehearsal you will have to bring your music or accompaniment for your talent (if you are competing for the Outstanding Teen and Miss titles). You will be given a chance to practice your 90 seconds talent on stage before your actual performance in the evening of the pageant. You may dress casually for the rehearsal. We will go over with the show order and probably a simple opening number for all the contestants.  Opening number outfit consisted of your interview wear outfit. Send a photo 4X6 minimum size for the program book together with your application form. You are also required to bring a Prince or Princess ages 5-12 to escort you during your evening wear competition. There is a required participation fee of $35 for this program. In the event that you absolutely can not bring a Prince or Princess, we will provide one for you but you are required to pay their participation fee of $35. Deadline to enter is on January 6th.Application, photo and all fee requirements must be received on this date to qualify to compete. Send in with your application a short introduction for your talent. This will be read before you present your talent on stage.

Please call me if you have any questions. I will be happy to assist you in any way I can.

Good Luck and hope to hear from you soon.


Ray Trinanes- Director
601 519 0552

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pamela nail said...

If there are any girls that may need my help. Please see my website. or call 601-977-0769. I help with all areas of the pageant preparation. It will be a great experience!! I do not take clients under 15. Thanks, Pamela Nail

Anonymous said...

i was disappointed in this weeekends Miss Rankin County Pageant. All Th contestants were beautiful but I thought that it was white shoes for little girls and dresses don't count anymore? I would say it was the modeling but that couldn't be it just didn't get it. sorry.. Proud of all the winners though.The judges were disappointing.