Miss Apple Festival Scholarship Pageant

2016 Miss Apple Festival Loren McLaughlin

WHEN:  Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 8:00 pm

WHERE:  Murphysboro Middle School Auditorium

EVENT PARTNER:  The Southern Illinoisan

EVENT CHAIRS: Gaye Youngman, Patty Thrailkill, Jessica White, & Kelly Lattan

Tickets for the Queen and Prince & Princess Pageants
can be purchased at the door.
Tickets are $7.00

Meet Our 2017
Miss Apple Festival Contestants

Amanda Jo Kelso

20, Murphysboro

Daughter of
Dale & Lucia Kelso

Sponsored by
Competitive Edge
Auto & Marine

Gabrielle Jeschke

17, Elkville

Daughter of
Steve & Sherry Jeschke

Sponsored by
Arthur Agency Inc.

Jamie Contes

18, Vergennes

Daughter of
Jason & Courtney Contes,
Holly Wright & Matt Sims

Sponsored by
Matt Sims Construction

Leah Wachtel

18, Murphysboro

Daughter of
Greg & Julie Wachtel

Sponsored by
First Bank & Trust Co of


Emma Bigham

18, Vergennes

Daughter of
Allen & Tina Bigham

Sponsored by
Southern Illinois

Ag Source LLC

Taylor Jennings

20, DeSoto

Daughter of
John & Karen Jennings

Sponsored by
New You Body Sculpting

of Murphysboro

Kaedi Robbins

18, Carbondale

Daughter of
Bill Robbins,
Tally Robbins & Derek Ruph

Sponsored by
Apple Tree Gift Shop

Maggie Stewart

18, Murphysboro

Daughter of
Craig & Tracy Stewart

Sponsored by
Love of Family and Home

Connor McBride

18, Murphysboro

Daughter of
Steve & Audra McBride

Sponsored by
Alpha & Omega

Guns and Gear


Victoria Gill

20, Murphysboro

Daughter of
Ronnie & Lisa Gill

Sponsored by
Mr. Tuxedo and Bridal

Shelby McKown

18, Murphysboro

Daughter of 
Kent & Tracy McKown,
Sheri & Greg Hubbs

Sponsored by
River Radio


2017 Miss Apple Festival Pageant Rules & Regulations

  • Contestant must be female & a permanent resident of Jackson County at the time application is made.
  • Contestant must be single, never married, divorced or had a marriage annulled; be of good moral character & never borne a child.
  • Contestant/Miss Apple Festival may not hold another pageant title at the time of the pageant or during reign as queen.
  • Contestant shall not be less than 17 years of age or more than 20 at the time of the pageant.
  • Contestants less than 18 years of age must have written consent of parent.
  • Contestant agrees to have her photograph made at the discretion of the Queen's Committee. It is understood that this photograph may be used in any manner in connection with publicity for the Apple Festival.
  • The contestant chosen as the 2016 Miss Apple Festival agrees to be available to reign over the 2016 Apple Festival & make all personal appearances arranged for by the Apple Festival Committee.
  • If for any reason the winning contestant becomes incapable of performing her duties as Queen, in the opinion of the Apple Festival Committee, she will automatically relinquish her title and scholarship. The runner-up will be named Miss Apple Festival, providing she is qualified. In the event a runner-up is not qualified to serve as Miss Apple Festival, the Apple Festival Committee reserves the right to use the immediate past Miss Apple Festival to fulfill the duties of Queen.
  • Winning contestants must provide proof of registration at a college or university to the Apple Festival Committee to receive scholarship money. Scholarship for Miss Apple Festival will be paid upon completion of her reign as Miss Apple Festival.
  • Contestants will be judged in these areas of competition: swimsuit, evening gown, private interview, & on-stage speaking.
  • Contestant must have a sponsor for the pageant. The sponsor's fee is $100 & contestant must have only one sponsor.
  • The decision of the judges shall be final.
  • The Apple Festival Committee reserves the right to make changes in the pageant rules & regulations.

For additional information, please contact Gaye Youngman at 618.684.4617

2017 Results

Miss Apple Festival: Shelby McKown

1st Runner-Up: Maggie Stewart

2nd Runner-Up: Amanda Jo Kelso

Phone: 618.684.3200
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