Miss Riverfest

You could be our NEXT Miss Riverfest!
We, the Board of Directors and all associated with Riverfest, thank you for your interest and participation in the Annual Miss Riverfest selection process.  We are looking forward to an outstanding year with a new representative to share in the festivities connected with the Cape Fear River and the Wilmington Downtown area, as well as pageants and parades during the year.


All females 17 to 26 years of age are eligible to participate in the selection of our 2019 Miss Riverfest with the following criteria:

1.  She is single, never married and without children.

2.   She will be enrolled in school or will be attending or has attended a further education program.

3.   She will reside in the TriCounty area during her reign – New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick Counties.

Miss Riverfest will participate in the 2-day Riverfest festivities in October and is expected to make the required appearances and parades throughout the year.  No appearances will be made without the knowledge of the Miss Riverfest Administrator or Board of Directors.

She will be expected to dress appropriately at all times during her reign.   Inappropriate dress, language, and behavior will not be tolerated and she will be required to relinquish her crown, title and scholarship upon dismissal and the 1st runner-up will assume the title.  This decision will be made by the Board of Directors after review.

Looking forward to meeting you and good luck in your quest for the crown.


A Miss Riverfest contestant will submit an essay of no less than 500 words and no more than 3 pages.

The essay must include but is not limited to:

  • Why I want to be Miss Riverfest
  • My future goals
  • My greatest passion
  • Education and background

A 5×7 or larger photograph must be submitted along with the essay.  It may be a headshot or full length, preferably in color.

This is a closed title and Miss Riverfest cannot participate in another pageant during her reign.  If a contestant is holding another title, she must have written permission from her director stating she is able to participate in Miss Riverfest with the knowledge she will relinquish said title if she wins Miss Riverfest.

A private interview with the judges will take place for the top 5 essay entrants each August and a selection of the new Miss Riverfest will be announced and a crowning ceremony will take place shortly thereafter, specific time and date to be announced.  A $1,000 Scholarship will be issued to the selected queen upon completion of her reign.

Please submit your essay no later than
August 1st

If you have any questions regarding the Miss Riverfest application please email:

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