Sun., Nov. 16, 2014: Miss Long Beach & Miss Southern California Cities pageants | Little, Teen, Miss, Mrs.

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Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, 6 p.m.
The Grand Long Beach Event Center - Grand Ballroom
4101 E. Willow St., Long Beach, 90815.

DIRECTIONS

There will be a
pageant orientation at The Grand on Sun., Nov. 2, 6-7 p.m. Not mandatory, but highly recommended.

Dress: upscale/trendy or formal. We welcome flash photography.
Free parking in the parking structure on-site.


Entries now being accepted:
2014 Pageant Entry Form

Little Miss/Teen/Miss/Mrs. Long Beach and Southern California Cities- Each of the eight (8) new titleholders will receive a $2,000 appearance contract.

This is a prestigious, stylish event that will crown "Southern California Cities" and "Long Beach" titleholders in four divisions:
- Little Miss (ages 6-10)
- Teen (ages 13-18)
- Miss (ages 19-30)
- Mrs. (age 21+, married at least 21 days)

Pageant day will culminate in The Grand Ballroom at The Grand Long Beach Event Center with an exciting and elegant event that brings seasoned competitors, as well as first-time delegates to the stage. The pageant is presented by Justin Rudd, his nonprofit 501c3 "Community Action Team (C.A.T.)" and The Grand Long Beach Events Center.

- Contestants can be accepted into the pageant up until 11 a.m. on pageant day.

Little Miss/Teen/Miss/Mrs. Long Beach and Southern California CitiesENTRY FEE AND FORM
- $100 at least three weeks in advance;
- $200 at least two weeks in advance;
- $300 within two weeks of the pageant
- $400 the week of the pageant (cash only)
Some full and partial-entry scholarships available for those with financial need. Make request with explanation to director Justin@JustinRudd.com.

Little Miss/Teen/Miss/Mrs. Long Beach and Southern California CitiesNOTE: checks payable to "CAT" (the name of the nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team that hosts this event)

NEW: If you are representing your city as a current titleholder (i.e. Miss Seal Beach, Miss Los Angeles, Miss Teen San Diego, Miss Teen Downey) your entry fee for our "Southern California Cities" titles is half-price of the rates listed above. So, entry fee starts at just $50, if paid at least two weeks in advance.

Little Miss Long Beach 2013- Additionally, each contestant is required to sell at least $100 in tickets by at least 48-hours before the pageant begins. If a contestant only sells $90 worth of tickets, she will owe the pageant $10 on pageant morning. All tickets will be picked-up at will-call on pageant day after 5 p.m.

- No refunds or transfers of entry fees or ticket sales.
- There is no printed program book, and subsequently, no required ad sales.
- ENTRY FORM (NOTE: answer "8 things I want judges to know about me" on page two of the entry form in third person.)

TO QUALIFY

- "Southern California Cities" contestants must live, work, attend school, or regularly volunteer or attend a place of worship regularly in Southern California.
- "Long Beach" contestants must live, work, attend school, or regularly volunteer (or attend a place of worship regularly) in Long Beach and/or be enrolled in the Long Beach Unified School District.
- "Long Beach" delegates are eligible to receive the "Long Beach" and "Southern California Cities" titles.

Little Miss/Teen/Miss/Mrs. Long Beach and Southern California CitiesWHAT TO "NOT" EXPECT
- no rehearsals before pageant day.
- no swimsuit competition for Little Miss or Mrs. contestants
- no required orientations. There will be a pageant orientation at The Grand on Sun., Nov. 2, 6-7 p.m. Not mandatory, but highly recommended.
- no opening number or choreography, and no talent competition.
- no required platforms (social issues or causes), but a contestant is welcome to have one or more platforms.
- no political or religious questions from our judges.
- no height, weight, or sexual orientation requirement.
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NOTE Little Miss delegates may NOT wear makeup or nail polish, and may not enhance themselves with false teeth, lashes, hair extensions, spray tans, etc. No glitter. This is a "natural" Little Miss pageant.
- We welcome non-conventional contestants, including unusual hair style/color, piercings, tattoos.

Little Miss parents
Every person at the pageant will need to purchase ticket to get in. Standing room tickets start at $20. We will have volunteers watching over the Little Miss contestants all day. One parent of each Little Miss is welcome to be with their child in the dressing area during the pageant and at rehearsal. We do not allow Little Miss parents backstage or behind the curtain during the pageant.

ELEMENTS OF COMPETITION
- personal interview - 25%
- evening wear (party dress for Little Miss) - 25%
- swimwear for teen and miss contestants only (sarongs are optional)
- casual wear for Mrs. and Little Miss contestants - 25%
- The remaining 25% of the score will come from pageant staff, CAT boardmembers, and perhaps a few former titleholders.

Interview
Interview is an approx. 2 1/2-minute (Little Miss is 2-minute) private conversation with the contestant and each judge. Not all judges will participate in the interview process. The judges will be given the 1-page info sheet about you that you will provide prior to your interview. They will be looking for articulate and concise responses, comfort level, charm, personality, first impression, and self-confidence. The interview suit can also be worn during the on-stage introductions (we suggest that). Pants and skirts are equally appropriate. There are no political or religious questions. 25% of preliminary score.

Little Miss/Teen/Miss/Mrs. Long Beach and Southern California CitiesOn-stage Introduction
At the beginning of the pageant, all contestants will introduce themselves on-stage for exactly two or three sentences (and less than 10 seconds), in the same outfit she wore in the interview room. There are no particular requirements for this intro, other than finishing it with "from (city where you live, work or attend school), I am contestant # (your contestant number), (first name, last name)." Not scored, but judges will see. Please do not exceed 10 seconds.

Swimwear (Teen and Miss only)
The Teen and Miss judges will be looking for energy, confidence, and physical fitness. Swimwear can be a 1- or 2-piece in any color or pattern. Contestants may also utilize a sarong. Swimwear must be in good taste, and no thongs are allowed. Little Miss and Mrs. contestants will wear casual outfits (i.e. shorts, jeans, skirt), not swimwear. 25% of preliminary score.

Casual Wear (Little Miss & Mrs. only)
Little Miss and Mrs. contestants will wear casual outfits (i.e. shorts, jeans, skirt), not swimwear. 25% of preliminary score.

Evening Wear
Teen/Miss/Mrs. will wear an outfit that she would wear to a big night out on the town, any style, age-appropriate, tasteful. Long gowns are NOT required. Little Miss should wear a party outfit of her choice (i.e. something she would wear to a place of worship or a wedding). Judges will be evaluating stage presence, poise, composure and overall presentation. Only Mrs. contestants will be escorted by their legal husband or wife. Escorts for each Mrs. contestant will need to purchase a ticket and sit in the audience, and should come backstage right after the swimsuit competition ends (and the emcee will announce for the escorts to go backstage). 25% of preliminary score.

Little Miss/Teen/Miss/Mrs. Long Beach and Southern California CitiesFINALISTS
Approx. 6-8 finalists are expected to be announced in each division and will include "Southern California Cities" and "Long Beach" candidates.

FINAL QUESTION
The finalists will be given an on-stage question(s)/interview from the host/emcee and will be judged on her speaking ability, confidence and ability to think quickly to express herself. The final balloting will take into consideration the finalist's answer to the question(s) and her overall impression on the judges throughout the competition.

Last Year's Pageant Photos on Facebook: here

Our official Facebook fan pages:
- Little Miss/Teen/Miss/Mrs. Long Beach
- Little Miss/Teen/Miss/Mrs. Southern California Cities

Mrs. Long BeachWHAT'S NEW IN RECENT YEARS
- contestants can wear evening wear (long gowns are not mandatory).
- increased "Miss" age range to 19-30.
- increased "Little Miss" age range to 6-10
- No swimwear competition for Mrs. contestants

Little Miss/Teen/Miss/Mrs. Long Beach and Southern California CitiesPAYMENT OPTIONS
Check or money order payable to "CAT," c/o Justin Rudd, 5209 E. The Toledo #1, Long Beach, CA 90803. If you are not accepted as a contestant because of eligibility, your payment will be returned to you. Once accepted and check is deposited, fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. The pageant also accepts Paypal payments to Justin@JustinRudd.com.

ORIENTATION
There is one optional orientation for this year's delegates that will last one hour at The Grand Long Beach Event Center. Please try to attend. You can register and pay entry fees at this event (pay at the door), purchase tickets, and ask questions.
- Sun., Nov. 2, 2014, 6-7 p.m., The Grand (location of the pageant).

PAGEANT DAY
Time Event Location
11:20-11:30 Teen/Miss/Mrs. arrive Catalina Room
11:45 Teen/Miss/Mrs. orientation/rehearsals   Grand Ballroom
3:30-3:30 Little Miss arrive in interview attire Pacific Room
3:30 Little Miss orientation/rehearsals Grand Ballroom
2:30-5:35 Teen/Miss/Mrs. Interviews & rehearsals continue, as needed  
4:45-5:35 Little Miss interviews & rehearsals continue, as needed  
5:00 Ticket Booth (cash only) & Will-Call Opens     Lobby
5:00 Cash Bar Opens Lobby
5:30 Ballroom Doors Open Grand Ballroom
6-9 p.m. Pageant   Grand Ballroom


Little Miss/Teen/Miss/Mrs. Long Beach and Southern California CitiesCOURT
We will announce a winner and a 1st runner-up in each division of the "Southern California Cities" and "Long Beach" pageants. It is possible for a contestant to be the runner-up for both the "Southern California Cities" and "Long Beach" titles. For example, if a Miss delegate from Long Beach has the third highest score, then she would be first in line to take over either the "Southern California Cities" or "Long Beach" titleholder, if pageant officials choose to appoint a new titleholder.

OFFICIAL APPEARANCES
The titleholders will represent this area and the Community Action Team (C.A.T.) as goodwill ambassadors and official hostesses at events. Typically, titleholders will make several appearances during their reign at charity events, official city programs, and business events. There will be approx. 30-35 possible appearances for each titleholder on behalf of CAT. Titleholders are not required to attend every one, but we do ask that titleholders make concerted efforts to attend.

APPEARANCE CONTRACT
Moreover, each titleholder will be awarded an appearance contract and will accrue $50 for each official C.A.T. event on-time appearance. For example, a titleholder who attends 30 events @ $50 each will receive her $1,500. Or, 10 appearances will get $500. In addition, for any titleholder that completes every CAT event (or at least 32 CAT events) appearance on-time will receive the full $2,000. Funds are given out at the conclusion of whichever occurs first: 32 events completed or on the last day of her reign.

Examples of appearances for the Community Action Team (CAT) include the Long Beach Losers awards ceremony; Long Beach Turkey Trot 5K/10K on Thanksgiving morning; Interfaith Blessing of the Animals; the Bulldog Beauty Contest on Valentine's weekend; the National Adult Spelling Bee; Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest; monthly 30-Minute Beach Cleanups; the Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade; the Long Beach Giving Project; the Long Beach Bake-Off; the Red High Heel Walk; etc. See all CAT events at: www.CommunityActionTeam.org Miss Long Beach

GOING ON TO STATE PAGEANT
The winners may also choose (if qualified) to participate in an approved state pageant in California representing their Long Beach or Southern California Cities titles when at-large delegates are allowed (i.e. Miss California USA, Miss California Int'l or Mrs. California United States) and if that area title is available. The titleholders may also choose to use her accumulated appearance fees to enter that state pageant after her current reign is complete.

BENEFITS OF BEING IN THIS PAGEANT
- Build inner-confidence
- Become even more well-rounded physically, spiritually, mentally and socially
- Improve your already successful and proven track record
- Create lasting friendships
- Showcase your abilities
- Promote your messages and platforms
- Strengthen your character
- Win great prizes/appearance contract.

PRIZES

Little Miss Southern CaliforniaLittle Miss
- $2,000 appearance contract from the Community Action Team (CAT)
- crown
- banner
- bouquet of roses
- a 30-minute on-the-beach digital photo session with Justin Rudd!
- pageant photos DVD from Woody (to be confirmed)
- entry in the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade

Little Miss/Teen/Miss/Mrs. Long Beach and Southern California CitiesTeen
- $2,000 appearance contract from the Community Action Team (CAT)
- crown
- banner
- bouquet of roses
- Justin Rudd's 1,001 Pageant Practice Questions
- 1-hour, in-person pageant interview coaching session with Justin Rudd!
- 30-minute on-the-beach photo session with Justin Rudd!
- pageant photos DVD from Woody (to be confirmed)
- entry in the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade

Miss
- $2,000 appearance contract from the Community Action Team (CAT)
- crown
- banner
- bouquet of roses
- Justin Rudd's 1,001 Pageant Practice Questions
- 1-hour, in-person pageant interview coaching session with Justin Rudd!
- 30-minute on-the-beach photo session with Justin Rudd!
- pageant photos DVD from Woody (to be confirmed)
- entry in the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade

Little Miss/Teen/Miss/Mrs. Long Beach and Southern California CitiesMrs.
- $2,000 appearance contract from the Community Action Team (CAT)
- crown
- banner
- bouquet of roses
- Justin Rudd's 1,001 Pageant Practice Questions
- 1-hour, in-person pageant interview coaching session with Justin Rudd!
- 30-minute on-the-beach photo session with Justin Rudd!
- pageant photos DVD from Woody (to be confirmed)
- entry in the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade

RULES
1. Delegates are required to do their own hair, makeup and wardrobing on pageant day.
2. Age requirements: Miss delegates must be 19 - 30 years old on pageant day. Teen delegates must be 13 -18 on pageant day. Little Miss delegates must be 6 - 10 years old. Mrs. delegates must be at least 21, and married at least 21 days on pageant day. Documentation (copy of gov't-issued ID, driver's license, marriage certificate, etc.) required for verification.
3. "Long Beach" delegates must live, work, go to school, or attend a place of worship regularly in Long Beach, or volunteer regularly in Long Beach. "Southern California Cities" delegates must live, work, or go to school within Southern California. Documentation must be provided for verification.
4. Teen and Miss delegates agree to not marry until the obligations as a delegate or as a titleholder have been fully discharged. If they get married during their reign, they would no longer be the titleholder. Delegates can be divorced and can be a parent. Delegates agree to notate that on her info sheet when submitted to the pageant director.
5. Delegates must be a citizen of the US, hold a green card, have a work or school visa, or be currently enrolled as a student with ID.
6. If a delegate has ever been convicted of a felony or other crime, she agrees to notate that on her info sheet when submitted to the pageant director. This pageant believes in second chances and forgiveness.
7. Mrs. delegates must be married for at least the 21 days by pageant day. Documentation required for verification (i.e. marriage license). It is okay to have been previously divorced. Legal same-sex marriages are welcome. The Mrs. titleholder must remain married and not separated from their spouse (same spouse as on pageant day). The pageant does not mind pregnant Mrs. contestants or Mrs. titleholders. The pageant loves kids, too.
8. Violation of pageant rules or contract is reason for immediate disqualification from the pageant or removal of the title and the return of all prizes, money received, and forfeiture of any appearance fees owed. The pageant director reserves the right to remove titles or delegates from the pageant for immoral or illegal conduct, as determined by the pageant director.
Little Miss/Teen/Miss/Mrs. Long Beach and Southern California Cities9. The pageant will be judged utilizing the categories of interview, evening wear, swimwear, and on-stage questions. The decision of the judges will be final.
10. Delegates will furnish their own evening wear, swimwear, and interview attire. Interview attire can be worn (and is suggested) for both the personal interview and on-stage introduction, if a contestant chooses.
11. Delegates will provide their own snacks, meals and drinks on pageant day.
12. Titleholders agree to clear all public appearances representing the title with the pageant director, and further agree not to use the title or make appearances without the consent of the pageant director.
Little Miss/Teen/Miss/Mrs. Long Beach and Southern California Cities13. Entrant may have a modeling or agency contract, but it does not give that entity the right to use the title or reference without written permission from the pageant director.
14. Any applicant entering this pageant under false pretense will, thereby, forfeit the title and all prizes awarded to her.
15. The pageant believes in second chances and forgiveness. We don't like surprises. If there is anything in the past as listed here, please make it known to the pageant director on the first page of your entry form before pageant day. Otherwise, candidates must represent that they have not and will not engage in any activities which, if disclosed to the public, would bring, or tend to bring, the candidate, the pageant director, the pageant, or any of their subsidiaries, affiliated or related companies into disrepute, ridicule or contempt not limited to, but to include any type of use of illegal drugs, any other illegal behavior or activity, professional or amateur nude or semi-nude dancing or modeling in any sexually-oriented business or club, any type of nude or semi-nude photographs or video tapes, prostitution, any felony conviction, probation or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.
16. We welcome our titleholders to do other pageants. Delegates must agree that if they win the title, they will not participate in any pageants during the time that they hold the "Long Beach" or "Southern California Cities" titles, unless authorized in writing by the pageant director. We understand that our titleholders may want to go on to other pageants, but get written permission first.
17. CONTESTANTS MUST RELEASE, UNCONDITIONALLY & FOREVER, ANY CLAIM AGAINST THIS PAGEANT, OR RELATED COMPANIES AND THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, PARTNERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS AND ASSIGNS, WHICH CONTESTANT MAY HAVE BY VIRTUE OF THEIR PARTICIPATION OR BY ANY USE OF THE CONTESTANT'S NAME, LIKENESS, VOICE AND/OR BIOGRAPHY IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONTESTANTS PAGEANT, INCLUDING USE IN ALL PROMOTIONAL AND ADVERTISING MATERIAL, WITH OR WITHOUT COMPENSATION.
18. On pageant morning, contestants must arrive with all wardrobe needs, since they are not allowed to leave the pageant location once they check-in.
19. No friends or family members will be allowed in the dressing room or back stage at any time. Little Miss candidates can have one adult chaperone in the dressing area, but not in the backstage area (that chaperone will need a ticket to enter the room where the pageant takes place).
19B. Judges scores and comments will not be shared. Contestants should not address judges after the pageant concerning their performance in the pageant.
20. Delegate will conduct herself in a courteous, professional manner at all times during the Pageant and while representing a area title and/or pageant title.
21. Delegates are expected to be on time and present for all rehearsals and events during the pageant.
Little Miss/Teen/Miss/Mrs. Long Beach and Southern California Cities22. The pageant can not guarantee a dressing mirror for all contestants, so feel free to bring one.
23. Little Miss delegates may NOT wear makeup, nor nail polish (clear or colored) and may not enhance themselves with false teeth, lashes, hair extensions, wigs, spray tans, etc. This is a "natural" Little Miss pageant. They may wear clear chapstick with no gloss or glitter.
24. No contestant may draw on muscles or the appearance of muscles with makeup, patina or spray tanning.
25. Judges will not share their scores or notes with contestants. Please do not ask judges or staff for feedback, scores or notes.
26. All eligibility issues are resolved at the discretion of the pageant director.
27. Entrant agrees to abide by eligibility rules and agrees to provide an original copy of birth certificate, a driver's license or marriage license for verification if necessary.
28. I agree that I will not incur, and am not authorized to incur, any debts on behalf of the Pageant.
29. Refund Policy: Fees and ticket sales are not refundable or transferable in full or in part under any circumstances.
30. Entry fees and at least $100 in ticket sales must be paid in full at least 24 hours prior to the pageant. If entering within 24 hours of the pageant, a delegate must still sell $100 in tickets or pay the balance to the pageant.
Little Miss/Teen/Miss/Mrs. Long Beach and Southern California Cities31. A titleholder's reign may or may not be more/less than 365 days -- all depending on the date selected to hold the next year's pageant.
32. Titleholders agree to not add any jewels or additions to the banner that is provided.
33. Contestants and titleholders will not give any written or verbal endorsement of any mercantile commodity or commercial or charitable organization without obtaining specific written authority from the Pageant Director.
34. If I have competed in or won the pageant, may I return? Yes! But, remember, you cannot hold the same title more than once. For example, a former Miss Long Beach can compete this year for Miss Southern California Cities.
35. These rules are subject to change or amendment.

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Congratulations to the 2014 titleholders: 
2014 Long Beach and Southern California Cities titlleholders
- Grace Choura, Little Miss Long Beach 2014 
- Zamantha Woodruff, Little Miss Southern California Cities 2014 
- Chloe Hurley, Miss Teen Long Beach 2014 
- Rykiah Parks, Miss Teen Southern California Cities 2014
- Emily Silver, Miss Long Beach 2014 
- Erica Abke, Miss Southern California Cities 2014
- Brina Romero-Montaño, Mrs. Long Beach 2014 
- Kymberly Cloughesy, Mrs. Southern California Cities 2014





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