Miss Bessie Smith Pageant

February 24, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Bessie Smith Cultural Center
200 E M L King Blvd
Chattanooga, TN 37402
$100 Entry Fee



Miss:   Grades 9 – 12

Contestant Requirements:

All contestants are required to sell tickets. Event tickets $10.00 – each participant receives 2 free tickets. All participants are required to sell ads.

Entry Fee $100.00…non-refundable. Checks made payable to “Bessie Smith Cultural Center.” Several workshops will be offered to enhance personal development. A required final rehearsal will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Pageants are held separately.


Miss Bessie Smith:  Pageant                     7:00 pm  –  9:00 pm

Four judging categories:  Causal wear, Talent Evening Wear, and On-stage question

The overall winner with the highest number of points by the judges of both pageants will represent the Bessie Smith Cultural Center at exhibits presentations and community activities.

Miss Bessie Smith Cultural Center will receive a crown, trophy, roses, $500 cash award, sash and other gifts.

There will be a 1st and 2nd runner-up for Teen and Miss Bessie Smith each receiving a trophy and flowers.

The Spirit of Bessie Smith Award will be the contestant that raises the most money, she will receive 10% of her funds raised, crown, and other gifts.

Miss Casual Wear Winner will receive a trophy and other gifts

Miss Talent Winner will receive a trophy and other gifts

Miss Evening Wear Winner will receive a trophy and other gifts

All contestants will receive a T-shirt and participation trophy.