Yazoo County Miss Hospitality Tea Pageant

The Yazoo County Miss Hospitality Tea Pageant identifies, honors and utilizes young ladies between the ages of 18 and 24 for the purpose of serving as the County’s goodwill ambassador to promote the travel and tourism industry and economic development. The winner will represent Yazoo County and compete for more than $100,000 in scholarships and prizes in the Mississippi Hospitality Pageant in July.

The first ever Local Tea Pageant hosted by Yazoo County CVB will be held at the office of the CVB on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at 2 pm. A local winner will be crowned. Please see the information below for details and requirements. Applications are due by Friday, March 30, 2018.

Please click HERE to download the 2018-19 Application

Tea Pageant Format

  • Judges Panel Interview (each contestant individually)
  • Introduction of each contestant / Business Suit
  • Modeling of cocktail-style dress
  • Presentation of Yazoo County Commercial
  • Crowning of Winner

Yazoo County Miss Hospitality Tea Pageant Scoring:

  • One-On-One 5-Minute Interview 60%
  • Yazoo County Speech/Commercial 20%
  • Presence/Carriage and Confidence 20%
    TOTAL 100%

Pageant Attire:

  • Business Suit (skirt or pants) appropriate for business interview;
    • Contestants will wear this outfit during their interview with judges. (This category represents 60% of the total scoring.)
  • Cocktail-style Dress (any color)
    • Contestants will model this outfit and perform an original 60-second speech/commercial communicating why visitors should come to Yazoo County. (This category represents 40% of the total scoring.)

Speech Commercial Competition

Contestants will model a cocktail dress and present an original 60-second commercial/speech of some important aspects of Yazoo County and why visitors should come and experience her city.



Contestants must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Must be a resident of Yazoo County, Mississippi with plans to attend, or currently attending, a Mississippi college or university; (parent’s address must be in Yazoo County, student may live on campus or other housing)
  2. Must represent Yazoo County and not the city where she attends college;
  3. Must have never been married or have children;
  4. Must be between the ages of 18-24 on or before July 18, 2018;
  5. Must not currently hold a title that would interfere with her duties as the Local or State Miss Hospitality;
  6. Must have a 2.5 scholastic average (on a 4.0 system) for the last completed semester. A transcript must be provided with application;
  7. Must be in good health;
  8. Must have never been a contestant in the State Pageant;
  9. Winner must participate in the State’s Miss Hospitality Pageant in Hattiesburg, MS, July 15-21, 2018.

Download the Application Packet Here. Complete and return to the Yazoo County CVB before Friday, March 30, 2018, at 5:00 pm in order to compete for the title of Yazoo County’s Miss Hospitality.


About Mississippi Miss Hospitality

The mission of the Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant is to identify, honor, and utilize young ladies between the ages of 18 to 24 for the purpose of promoting Mississippi’s tourism industry and economic development internally and externally by serving as the state’s goodwill ambassador. Since 1949, the Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant has celebrated the intelligent and gracious qualities of young women across the state.

Yazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau is looking for young ladies from the Yazoo County community to become involved with spreading Mississippi’s hallmark hospitality. Not only will these ladies learn to promote their community, they will make new friends and future contacts.

Last year, twenty-five young ladies from across Mississippi competed for scholarships and prizes totaling more than $100,000. Emma Grace McGrew, representing Booneville, won the title in 2017 and will travel more than 30,000 miles to promote economic development and tourism for the state. Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant will be held July 20th and 21st at the historic Hattiesburg Saenger Theater.

For more information about Yazoo County’s Miss Hospitality Tea Pageant Competition, contact the Yazoo County Miss Hospitality Local Director Shanitra Finley, Executive Director of Yazoo County CVB, at 662-746-1815 or Contact Us. For more information about the State Competition visit www.MissHospitality.com

Yazoo County’s Miss Hospitality March 1, 2018