The deadline to file for the Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Association royalty pageants is 2 p.m. Sunday Jan. 21.
There is a mandatory meeting at 2 p.m. in the multipurpose building to take publicity photos and take completed applications including entry fee.
Rodeo and Fair Queen contestants must pay $50 in entry fees while Princess and Little Miss and Little Mister competitors must pay $30.
The pageant contest starts at 7 p.m. Friday Feb. 16 for Fair Queen, princess, junior princess, little miss cowgirl and little mister cowboy at the Bay City Service Center.
Rodeo Queen contestants meet at 10 a.m. Saturday Feb. 17 at the rodeo barn with their chosen steeds.
All contestants must be a citizen of the United States and be a current resident of Matagorda County or enrolled in high school courses in grades kindergarten-12 at a home school, private school, or public school for the current year in Matagorda County.
All queen and princess contestants must be current and active members of a Matagorda County 4-H, FFA or FHA Club and eligible under UIL rules.
Contestants are to be in good health, with good health being defined as “adequate health to fulfill duties of Queen, Princess, junior princess, if selected,” reads the application form.
Each contestant will not hold the Matagorda County Fair Association, County of Matagorda, or any individual or organization associated with the Matagorda County Fair Association liable for any accident or injury that may or might occur as a result of the contest or future obligations.
The release form must be signed and submitted with entry forms.
The applications are available at the fair office or online at www.matagordacountyfair.com.