The Miss America Pageant began as a marketing idea. The Businessmen’s League of Atlantic City needed to develop a plan to keep tourists on the boardwalk past Labor Day. They organized a Fall Frolic and held it on September 25, 1920. There were many events that day, but the most popular was a parade of young women being pushed along the Boardwalk in rolling chairs.
This event was such a success that a similar one was planned for the following year, and so on.
So we know now that the competition has a long tradition. And this year, which girl is your favorite?
The Miss America pageant is a long-standing competition which awards scholarships to young women from the 50 states plusWashington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The winner of the national pageant is awarded the title of “Miss America” for one year. The competition is held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. [source]
The contestants are judged on:
- Personal Interview
- Lifestyle & Fitness in Swimsuit
- Evening Wear
- Onstage Question