MAC (Miss American Coed) Pageants Regional Competitions are held each year between March and September.
What does it mean to be an American Coed?
A Coed is a female attending a co-educational college or university. A young woman referred to as a Coed calls to mind a dedicated student, preparing herself to become the very best person she can be, while having a blast at the same time! Teenage years and early twenties are not only difficult for young women, but also for their parents who realize decisions and choices made now will determine the entire course of their daughter's future. Miss American Coed Pageants stress a strong commitment to community, love of country, and a solid foundation in education. With knowledge and education comes exploration of new ideas, interests, and activities, from computer science, to trying pageants, to traveling the country. MAC Pageant's motto, "Youth, Pride Of The Present, Hope Of The Future", is well understood and demonstrated by those who have been involved in MAC Pageants since they were founded in 1983.
I received an application from MAC Pageants in the mail. How did you get my name and address?
MAC (Miss American Coed) Pageants have held pageants all over the country since 1983. We have so many sources for girls’ names that we can’t track them. Most of our names come from girls who have been in the pageant before, but we also receive names from modeling schools, church groups, cheer leading teams, tennis instructors, dance instructors, band instructors, other pageants, photographers, etc.
I am going to apply for my MAC Regional Pageant. How do I know if I will be accepted?
All girls who have an A or B grade point average are automatically accepted as a contestant in the Pageant if they submit a complete application with parent’s signature, photo and application fee. If you have a C average, you may submit documentation of your school and church activities and volunteer work that may help to show us what is taking time away from your studies.
Do I have to be tall, skinny, have perfect teeth and look like a model to do well in a MAC Pageant?
No. MAC (Miss American Coed) Pageants are not known as “beauty pageants.” We do not have a height or weight requirement in our pageant. Since we do not have a required swimsuit or fitness competition, we have winners each year in all sizes. All that is important is that you are confident in your appearance and select clothing that flatters you. Braces, missing teeth, glasses, skin problems, varying weights, varying heights, and many other conditions are all just a natural part of being young. The judges will score you where you are in life, just the way you are. Many of our Princess division winners (ages 3-6) are missing front teeth and many of our older age division winners have braces. MAC (Miss American Coed) Pageants are not the typical “walk across the stage” pageants where only appearance matters. Contestants’ appearance is important, but no more so than their unique personality, achievements and ability to get along with others.
How much does it cost to participate in my MAC Regional Pageant?
The approximate costs of the pageant are:
$25 Registration fee
$400 Entry fee
$25 for the official t-shirt
$20 for each admission ticket to the pageant finals (contestants do not need tickets)
We offer several optional competitions that are $50 extra, but they are not required and have no bearing on the overall queen's title. The other major expenses are your travel and food. Our host hotels offer our group rooms at a special pageant rate.
Do I have to stay at the host hotel over MAC Pageant weekend?
Contestants are not required to stay at the host hotel. You may stay at home, with family or friends in the area or you may look for a less expensive hotel nearby.
I want to enter my MAC Regional Pageant but my parents are skeptical. How can they make sure that MAC (Miss American Coed) Pageants is legitimate?
To verify that our organization is legitimate, you may contact our sales director at the Hilton Orlando-Lake Buena Vista. We have been holding pageants at this property since 1996 and we have signed a five year contract for future events. You may also contact the Pensacola Florida Area Better Business Bureau.
Hilton Walt Disney World 1-407-827-4000
Better Business Bureau 1-850-429-0002
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Do I have to do a talent to compete in a MAC Pageant?
Our talent competition is optional. It is scored by a separate panel of judges than the panel that selects the overall queen in each age division. The judges who select the queen are not allowed to watch the talent competition or see any of the entries in the other optional contests. Optional contests have absolutely no bearing on who wins the pageant.
Will I receive any training?
There is a pageant workshop the night before the pageant. You are not required to attend, but if you do the workshop costs approximately $30. We schedule lots of rehearsal time with the pageant staff and reigning royalty during pageant weekend. We also send out a pageant workshop Manual that you may read ahead of time and practice with at home.
Since you are called MAC (Miss American Coed) Pageants, why don’t you hold pageants for boys?
The word coed, when used as a noun, not an adjective, is defined as a female attending a co-educational college or university. When Miss American Coed was founded 1983, we were only holding pageants for college bound girls, who are known as college coeds. As our program has grown, we have added the younger age divisions, including Miss American Princess, Miss American Sweetheart, Miss American Preteen, Miss American Junior Teen, and Miss American Teen. However, we have held on to our corporate name, American Coed Pageants, Inc.
I am interested, but I would like some more information about my MAC Pageant. What do I do?
Click on the Free Info link at the top of this page to join our email list. We will email you information about your MAC Pageant in your region as soon as it is available for the current year.
If I win my MAC Regional Pageant, what will be required of me?
Each MAC REGIONAL PAGEANT WINNER is required to attend the National MAC Pageant to compete for the national title for her age group. If the regional pageant winner does not sign the MAC Regional Winner’s contract and attend the National MAC Pageant during the week of Thanksgiving in Lake Buena Vista, FL, she will forfeit her Regional title, all prizes and cash awards.