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Queen & Royal Ambassadors Rules & Regulations

2019 RULES & REGULATIONS

(CLICK HERE to download the 2019 Official Entry Application packet which includes the Rules & Regulations as a PDF file)

1. The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen and Royal Ambassadors will be chosen on the basis of personality, poise, beauty, communication skills, academic achievement and service to community. At the conclusion of the Pageant, a queen and five (5) royal ambassadors will be chosen.

2. Entrants may enter themselves or be entered by parents, family, friends or business associates, as long as each applicant fulfills the requirements of entry as outlined in these 2019 Rules and Regulations. The $70 entry fee is non-refundable.

3. Candidates must be a minimum age of 17, but not more than 22 years of age, by July 1, 2019.

4. Candidates must reside and, if employed, work within the 30-mile radius.

5. Immediate family members of the Queen & Royal Ambassadors Pageant judges and/or Queen & Royal Ambassadors Committee members, as well as employees and immediate family members of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and/or the Pro Football Hall of Fame Museum are not eligible to enter. For this purpose, immediate family member is defined as: children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sibling, aunt, and/or niece, either by adoption, by blood, or by marriage.

6. No person may be a candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen or Royal Ambassadors if she has previously been either the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen or a Royal Ambassador.

7. Candidates must be, and have been born female, must be single (never having been married, divorced or had a marriage annulled or dissolved in any manner, and agree not to marry before August 6, 2019), never have been pregnant or had children, and never been convicted of any crime or misdemeanor (other thana minor traffic offense).

8. Candidates must be free to appear as the Queen or Royal Ambassador from May 10 to August 6, 2019, and on a more limited basis, and only under special circumstances, until such time as the 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen is crowned.

9. All candidates under the age of 21 must have the written permission of parents or guardian and all candidates must have the written permission of employer, if working. If a candidate is chosen for Queen or Royal Ambassador and changes employment, written permission from the new employer to participate must be submitted promptly to the Vice President of Community Events and Sponsorships.

10. If you become Queen or a Royal Ambassador, you are required to attend all of the Enshrinement Festival events and other official appearances, without exception. (Please be aware that you may have to incur some minor personal expenses, i.e.gas for your vehicle to get you to scheduled appearances, alterations to official clothing, food/snacks at some events.)

11. Upon submission of your completed application for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen & Royal Ambassadors Pageant, you may not enter or already be a contestant in any beauty and/or queen contest, and you may not be a reigning queen or court member of any other activity, until the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen is chosen. The chosen Queen and Royal Ambassadors are not eligible to participate in any other beauty and/or queen contest until August 6, 2019.

12. IMPORTANT REMINDERS: All contestants must be in attendance, and must be on time, at the interview session with the judges, Production Number Rehearsal and Dress Rehearsal in order to be eligible to participate the night of the Queen & Royal Ambassadors Pageant. Tardiness will not be tolerated and will result in disqualification. The Vice President of Community Events and Sponsorships has the discretion to allow a grace period not to exceed five (5) minutes, but candidates are strongly encouraged to follow the zero tolerance rule relative to tardiness.

13. All clothing, shoes, and accessories that are purchased for the Queen and Royal Ambassadors are to be worn only for the Enshrinement Festival events and/or official appearances as directed by the committee.

14. If the contestant's production number outfit or gown is changed after committee approval and/or dress rehearsal, this will be grounds for disqualification. However, the committee reserves the right to make adjustments deemed appropriate.

15. The main role of the Queen and Royal Ambassadors is to serve as goodwill ambassadors for the Enshrinement Festival and the community-at-large and to stress to others the importance of volunteerism. It is their responsibility to promote awareness of Enshrinement Festival events and to contribute to the success of each event by showing enthusiasm, courtesy, and support wherever possible. At all times, appearance and behavior should be above reproach.

16. The Queen and Royal Ambassadors shall conduct themselves at all times (both at Enshrinement Festival activities and at non-Enshrinement Festival activities) in such manner as is consistent with the highest moral and ethical standards. This includes but is not limited to all of the following: compliance with all laws, non-abuse of alcohol or drugs, nudity, public nuisance or inappropriate behavior deemed by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Committee as detrimental to and/or damaging to the interest of the Enshrinement Festival. The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Queen & Royal Ambassadors Committee Chairman and Vice President of Community Events and Sponsorships will be responsible for decisions in matters of this nature.

17. Approval for public appearances, including television, is a decision of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. All decisions will be made in accordance with established policy. Neither the Queen nor any Royal Ambassador may appear and/or participate in any program or in any event as the Queen or Royal Ambassador without the written authorization of the Vice President of Community Events and Sponsorships.

18. Failure to appear at scheduled functions without just cause or being late may eliminate the Queen or a Royal Ambassador; such decision to be made by the Vice President of Community Events and Sponsorships after consultation with the Queen & Royal Ambassadors Committee chairman and vice chairman.

19. Should the Queen or a Royal Ambassador be unable or choose not to fulfill her commitment, the position may be filled by the next highest scoring contestant, or the position may not be filled - a decision to be made at the sole discretion of the Vice President of Community Events and Sponsorships. Should the Queen or a Royal Ambassador be terminated or choose to resign her position, within five (5) days of official notification of the termination/resignation, she must return to the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce her crown, sash and any gifts she received in conjunction with being one of the winners of the pageant.

20. The Queen's official crown will remain the property of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. This official crown will be returned to the Enshrinement Festival office no later than, September 9, 2019, at which time she will receive her personal crown.

21. The Queen & Royal Ambassadors will not appear at any functions without a designated chaperon or a person approved by the Queen & Royal Ambassadors Committee Chairman. You are not permitted to have parents, other family members, friends or anyone else accompany you to, or join you at, any of these functions.

22. Transportation and chaperon arrangements will be the responsibility of the Queen & Royal Ambassadors Committee Chairman and/or Vice Chairman.

23. The Queen & Royal Ambassadors may not sign contracts or give verbal endorsement to commercial products or services not associated with the contest. If the Queen or a Royal Ambassador's work involves them with a commercial product, they cannot have their title, nor wear their crown and sash, used when they advertise that product.

24. It is not guaranteed, but it is likely that scholarships are offered to the Queen by two area colleges. If the Queen chooses not to accept one or both of the scholarships, the Royal Ambassadors will be given the opportunity to accept them based on a numerical order determined by blind draw.

25. The Queen and Royal Ambassadors are permitted to post on their personal social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat while participating at Enshrinement Festival events and official appearances, as long as it does not interfere in any way with their official duties. The Enshrinement Festival reserves the right to have the Queen and Royal Ambassadors remove any online comments, links, photos or other content that is not in the spirit of the Enshrinement Festival or may be deemed inappropriate, offensive, derogatory, off-brand, or damaging to the Enshrinement Festival in any way.

26. The Enshrinement Festival reserves the right to disqualify any contestant, at any time, if contestant engages in conduct deemed to be inappropriate by the Enshrinement Festival.

27. Failure to follow details of the 2019 Rules and Regulations will require an appearance by the contestant before the Vice President of Community Events and Sponsorships, with possible dismissal and replacement.


Judging Criteria

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen & Royal Ambassadors Pageant judging process is the responsibility of three (3) to four (4) judges as selected by an Enshrinement Festival Committee. They are a combination of local and regional judges who the Enshrinement Festival feels confident will be fair and impartial throughout the judging process.

When the contestant submits her application, a specific interview date and time will be assigned to her. There will be two interview dates for the contestant to choose from:

(1) Wednesday, April 10, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. OR
(2) Friday, April 12, 2019, from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

The interviews will be held at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, 222 Market Avenue, North, in downtown Canton, Ohio. Upon arriving, each contestant will report to the Board Room to sign in; she will then be assigned a number that will be hers throughout the Pageant. Each contestant will show her production number outfit to the Queen & Royal Ambassadors committee for approval. Your production outfit must consist of the following: black, full-length slacks (no leggings please), plain white tennis shoes, along with a tee shirt (which will be provided by the Enshrinement Festival and given to you at the Monday night production rehearsal). She will sign off on the contestant bio information that will be read at the Pageant, and then a photo will be taken of the contestant holding her number for future reference by the judges.

The judges will then interview each contestant during the five-minute individual interview session. Judges will alternate asking the questions that are based on the contestant information listed on her application and/or from general questions determined by the judges in advance. At the completion of each interview, the judges will independently rate the contestant based on personality, poise, and beauty. Each judge will score each contestant in all three categories, giving each category a score of 10, 20, 30, 40, or 50. If a tie occurs at any time throughout the judging and Pageant process, it will be broken by referring to scores in this order: personality, poise and beauty.

The night of the Pageant, these same judges will have the opportunity to view all of the contestants in different situations. During the Pageant, the judges will narrow the field of contestants first to 25 semifinalists, and then to 15 finalists. From these finalists, the judges will then be responsible for selecting a Queen and five (5) Royal Ambassadors.

A contestant's dancing or singing ability does not enter into the judging process, nor does her Pageant gown get judged based on where she purchased it or how much it cost; the judges will consider only whether it is attractive and in good taste.

The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce reserves the right not to release judges' scoring results. Decisions of the judges are final.


Platform Issue:

Each contestant must be ready at both her interview session and at the Pageant (if she qualifies as one of the 25 semifinalist) to discuss for not more than 30-seconds a "platform issue" - a topic about which you feel strongly and can articulate your concerns and ideas. Examples could embrace topics such as the environment, education, health care, social networking, etc. Your platform must be identified as requested on the Official Entry Application.


Contestant Information Sheet & Important Dates
Application and Tickets Available

WHEN: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2019

WHERE: At the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Department, 222 Market Avenue North, Canton, Ohio 44702 (330.458.2056) - Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., OR online www.ProFootballHOFEF.com

When you return your completed application, you will receive an interview time on either Wednesday, April 10 or Friday, April 12 - see below under “INTERVIEW WITH JUDGES.”

Queen & Royal Ambassadors Pageant tickets will also be available for purchase at the Enshrinement Festival https://www.profootballhoffestival.com/events OR online www.ProFootballHOFEF.com beginning February 11. All seats reserved at $22.00 each. (CLICK HERE For more information, or call 330.458.2048).

SPECIAL NOTE: While not mandatory, potential contestants are encouraged to attend the “Queen & Royal Ambassadors Pageant Information Session” on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

WHEN: MONDAY, MARCH 25 - NO LATER THAN 5:00 PM

WHERE: Fully completed application, $70 entry fee, and all other required information must be returned to the Enshrinement Festival office at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and received no later than 5:00 PM on this date. Applications received in the mail on Tuesday, March 26 or later will not be accepted.

INTERVIEW WITH JUDGES

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, OR FRIDAY, APRIL 12

Check your appointment card for your interview date and time. NO parents, friends, or guests permitted to attend.

WHERE: Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, 222 Market Avenue North, Canton, Ohio 44702. (downtown Canton) SUGGESTED ATTIRE: Suit, dress, or pantsuit; i.e. the type of apparel you would wear for a job interview.

SUGGESTED ATTIRE: Suit, dress, or pantsuit; i.e. the type of apparel you would wear for a job interview.

PRODUCTION NUMBER REHEARSAL

WHEN: MONDAY, MAY 6, FROM 5:30 TO 9:30 P.M.
NO parents, friends, or guests permitted to attend. NO EXCEPTION to this rule.

WHERE: The Canton Palace Theatre, 605 Market Avenue North, Canton, Ohio. Enter through the front entrance.


Contestant Information Sheet & Important Dates

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING: ARRIVE ON TIME and DRESS CASUALLY.
Remember to wear FLAT shoes. Judges will not be present, so you will be able to relax and concentrate on learning the Production Number. Enjoy and have fun!

PAGEANT DRESS REHEARSAL

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, FROM 5:30 TO 9:30 P.M.
Judges will NOT be present. NO parents, friends, or guests permitted to attend.

WHERE: The Canton Palace Theatre, 605 Market Avenue North, Canton, Ohio. Enter through the stage door side entrance on 6th Street. NO ONE other than contestants will be admitted into the dressing room or the theatre. NO EXCEPTION to this rule.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING: Bring your Production Number outfit that was previously approved by the committee and your tee shirt given to you on Monday, May 6. Also bring your formal gown and the shoes you will wear in the Pageant. If you bring a purse, include only what is necessary and NOTHING ELSE!

QUEEN & ROYAL AMBASSADORS PAGEANT

WHEN: THURSDAY, MAY 9, AT 6:00 P.M.
(The Pageant begins at 7:00 pm., with doors open to guests at 6:30 p.m., but contestants must arrive no later than 6:00 p.m.)

WHERE: The Canton Palace Theatre, 605 Market Avenue North, Canton, Ohio. Enter through the stage door side entrance on 6th Street. NO ONE other than contestants will be admitted into the dressing room. NO EXCEPTION to this rule.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING: Bring your Production Number outfit that was previously approved by the Committee - don't forget your tennis shoes! Bring your formal evening gown, shoes, and appropriate accessories. You should also bring a make-up case with mirror, make-up, and comb. If you bring a purse, include only what is necessary.

IF YOU ARE SELECTED AS QUEEN OR A ROYAL AMBASSADOR:
It is imperative that you attend an orientation session as follows:

WHEN: Friday, May 10 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM

WHERE: Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, 222 Market Avenue North (downtown Canton) Canton, OH 44702

VERY IMPORTANT:
YOU MUST BE ON TIME FOR ALL SESSIONS, OR YOU WILL FACE DISQUALIFICATION. At the Pageant, if you are selected Enshrinement Festival Queen or a Royal Ambassador, be sure to follow the instructions which will have been explained at rehearsal. After the Queen and Royal Ambassadors are announced, only their parents or guardians, siblings and/or grandparents will be permitted to come to the stage area to greet their daughter and have photos taken on the stage. There will be no exceptions to these rules.


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CLICK HERE to download the 2019 Official Entry Application packet for the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement