Miss Bay County has existed in the community of Bay County, Michigan for over 50 years. Each year young women from across the county showcase their talents, knowledge and poise with the goal of being selected to represent Bay County. The title comes along with a college scholarship, the responsibility of being a positive role model and an active community figure. Miss Bay County is also an advocate for the Miss America Organization’s national platform of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

How to Qualify for Miss Bay County

To qualify for Miss Bay County you must be at least 17 years of age and entering your senior year of high school and no older than 24 by December 31st of 2016. Miss Bay County is a “closed” pageant meaning you have to be a community member in Bay County, Michigan. You may qualify by living or working full-time in Bay County. You may also qualify by your full-time attendance of Saginaw Valley State University, Delta College, or Davenport University. There is no entrance fee for the Miss Bay County pageant, but the contestants are asked to help raise at least $100 for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The Bay County Scholarship Program offers adivce on helping reach that goal. We would never want a contestant to refrain from competing due to any issue raising funds.

Phases of Competition for Miss Bay County

Talent: Contestants perform a 90 second routine of their own choosing. Scoring is based on contestant’s skill and personality, interpretive ability, technical skill level, stage presence and the totality of all elements, including costume, props, voice, use of body and choreography. Talent is worth 35% of their total score.

Interview: Each contestant participates in an individual 10-minute press conference-style interview with our panel of judges. There are typically 5 judges on a panel. Contestants are questioned on their background, their educational and career goals, their opinions on current events and social issues, and their interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities. Scoring is based on overall communication skills, including personality, intelligence, validated opinions, emotional control, overall first impression and personal appearance, and whether the contestant possesses the overall qualities and attributes of a Miss America. Interview is worth 25% of their total score.

Evening Wear: Each contestant appears on stage in an outfit of her own choosing, representative of what she would wear to a formal, black tie social event. Pantsuits, cocktail dresses and evening gowns are all appropriate for this phase of the competition. Scoring is based on overall first impression, sense of confidence, personality and stage presence, walk and posture, appropriateness of attire and sense of attractiveness. Evening Wear is worth 20% of their total score.

Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit: Each contestant briefly appears on stage in a one or two piece swimsuit and footwear of her own choosing. Scoring is based on overall first impression, statement of physical fitness and health, overall physique and proportion, walk, posture and grace, sense of confidence and presence on stage. Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit is worth 15% of their total score.

On-Stage Question: Each contestant will be asked one on-stage question about her personal platform. The contestant is judged on how well she answers the impromptu question. On-Stage Question is worth 5% of their total score.

The Miss America Organization

The Miss Bay County Scholarship Program is a local affiliate of the Miss America Organization (MAO), a leading provider of scholarship assistance to young women. MAO annually distributes $45 million in cash and tuition scholarship assistance. The Miss America Organization is also dedicated to community service, state and local contestants collectively participate annually in over 12,000 community-service projects, dedicating over 500,000 hours and raising millions of dollars for worthy causes.

The winner of Miss Bay County goes on to compete for the title of Miss Michigan. The phases of competition remain the same from our local preliminary through to Miss America.