Compete

To compete at the Miss New York state finals, you must win a local title. Each local pageant is an independent franchise of Miss New York, and is managed by their local board. This being said, each local pageant has its own eligibility and expectations. Local contestants are the heart of the Miss America Organization. With or without a crown, competing in a local pageant helps develop community representatives and leaders.

Read more about each local pageant:

BUFFALO | CENTRAL NEW YORK | COPPER CITYEMPIRE | FLOWER CITYFINGER LAKES |
FULTON COUNTY
MOHAWK VALLEY GREATER NYC | PRIDE OF NEW YORK | QUEENS | ROCHESTER | STATEN ISLAND |

THOUSAND ISLANDS | WESTERN NY |  SWEEPERS | RUNNER UP/NEWCOMER |

If you are unsure which pageants you are eligible for, please refer to the Miss NY Org website for the most recent updates and eligibility!

  • Get a sneak peak of the contestants that might compete for a 2017 Runner Up Pageant.
  • Looking for “something else”? Check out the Community Pageants page for more options!
  • Visit the Local Legacies page for extensive lists and details of current and past titles, and don’t forget to Share Your Story if you held a title in the past.
  • Many unused titles are available for local leaders wishing to start their own pageant, or County Queens sweeper winners.

What to expect:

*as shown by Kira, Miss America 2015

10411969_10152861427063858_4195671059585617889_nPrivate Interview (25% total score)

Individual 10-minute interview with our panel of judges. There are typically 5 to 7 judges on a panel. Contestants are questioned on their background, educational and career goals, opinions on current events, social issues and pop culture, and their interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities. Contestants are judged on communication skills, the ability to convey her opinion, personality and confidence.

Talent (35% total score10342918_570812139705528_1125081703229909735_n)

A 90-second routine of your own choosing. From vocal performance to ventriloquism, any solo act that demonstrates your ability to captivate an audience. Judges will look for a combination of skill, excitement and entertainment value.

2Lifestyle & Fitness in Swimwear (15% total score)

Miss America began as a swimsuit contest on the Atlantic City Board Walk. Today, we use this phase of competition to evaluate your physical health and confidence.

10388563_10152863980493858_6793485519896319410_nEvening Wear (20% total score)

Briefly model a formal gown of your choosing. Contestants are judged on their sense of style, elegance, and the overall sense of joy they bring to their beauty.

On-Stage Qu1798851_10152886770988858_7142575719163159175_nestion (5% total score)

Contestants will be asked to answer a brief question relating to current events, the organization, or herself. Communication skills and comfort under pressure are evaluated.

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