COVID-19 Update

Official NAM COVID-19 Action Plan

Updated: July 3, 2020

The changes and updates listed below only apply to states directed by Matt Leverton: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. I am dedicated to the safety of my customers and staff. I am sweating every detail and want to make decisions and changes that are measured and purposeful.

Thanks,

Matt Leverton, State Director

Changes To Pageant Procedures

I am thinking through every detail to make sure the state pageant is produced in a safe manner. Here are a few of the changes that will happen this year for all states that I direct.

In response to COVID, if you wish, we are now allowing contestants, for any reason, to move their accounts to next year and apply all payments to next year’s pageant. You will automatically be informed of next year’s pageant around January of next year. If you would like to put your account on hold and mark it for next year, please email the office.

Formal Wear: In the past, we had dads volunteer to escort contestants who didn’t have one. This year each contestant will be required to have her own escort. This can be her mom, sister, aunt, dad, brother, grandfather, grandmother. Anyone can be her escort, male or female, as long as they are a member of her family.

Personal Introduction: When you learned personal introduction the microphone was passed back and forth. This year, we will put the microphone in a stand and the queen will adjust the height for each girl.

Interview: Interview will be in a bigger room that so that when you sit with each judge, there will be enough room for social distancing.

Audience Size: Depending the state and the size of the ballroom, there may be some limits on the size of the audience. I want to have enough space that each family has enough room to social distance while watching an event.

Check-In & Magazine #3: I put all the forms that you turn for check-in online. They are editable PDFs so that you can fill them out and print them at home. (http://www.namforms.com/forms/). We will limit the number of people that you come in contact with at pageant check-in.

Lineup: The floor in the ballroom will be marked with X’s so that when contestants lineup, they will be distanced from each other.

Sanitizing: Table tops, door handles, common surfaces, etc. will be sanitized by the hotel staff on a regular basis throughout the event.

North/South Carolina

Your safety is our top priority.  Based on the percent positive rate in South Carolina combined with the feedback that we have received from contestants and families the 2020 NORTH CAROLINA & SOUTH CAROLINA STATE PAGEANT LIVE EVENTS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED TO 2021.

Fortunately, we do have our official NAM COVID-19 Action Plan from our national office in place in place so that our fully paid NC/SC State Finalists can choose one of the following options:

1) You can go directly to the National Pageant in Orlando, FL over Thanksgiving in one of two ways! 

  • BECOME A STATE QUEEN! In order to do this, your state sponsor fee must be paid in full by 5pm EST on Friday, August 14th to be eligible to compete for your State Title through our Appointed Representative Program. If you are selected as the new State Queen, all your fees paid to state will transfer to Nationals PLUS you will receive an additional $350 credit towards your national account. To apply for the Appointed State Title, visit namiss.com/appointed. DEADLINE TO APPLY: August 31st
  • BECOME A CITY QUEEN! To become a city queen and compete for a separate national title called “All-American Miss” all that you need to do is have your sponsor fee paid in full by 5pm EST on Friday, August 14th in order to be eligible. All your state fees transfer to Nationals, you would compete at the 2020 All-American Miss National Pageant in Orlando, FL over Thanksgiving, PLUS you will receive a free credit of $350 for your 2020 national account. While you do not need to compete for a city title, you do need to apply to attend Nationals and can do so by visiting NAMnationals.com.

2) Or you can transfer all funds to the 2021 State Pageant.

*If you’re not already paid in full for the NAM NC/SC Pageant, you have until 5pm EST on Friday, August 14th to pay the rest of your sponsor fee online to qualify for the first two options and attend Nationals in Orlando.   YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE FULLY PAID TO TRANSFER ALL OF YOUR FUNDS TO THE 2021 PAGEANT.

If you do not apply to the national pageant, we will automatically transfer your funds over to the 2021 state pageant. You will receive a letter in the mail in early 2021 with the dates, location and amount credited to your 2021 account.  The only action needed by you is to return that form when you receive it in the mail.

This is was not a decision I took lightly and have agonized over the best course to best serve and protect my customers and staff.  I appreciate your understanding through these unprecedented times.

Sincerely and Respectfully,
Matt Leverton, State Director

FAQ’s

What if my sponsor fee ($550) isn’t paid in full, can I still get the “Fast Pass” to Nationals 2020? Yes, you will have 5pm EST on Friday, August 14th to pay the balance of your sponsor fee.

Will I be notified of the 2021 pageant? Yes. In early 2021 we will mail you a form with the dates and location of the 2021 pageant.  If you want to sign up for the 2021 pageant, you will just fill out that form and mail it back to our office. If your mailing address changes between now and then, please contact our office to update your account.

What if I have a schedule conflict for the 2021 pageant?  You can roll your credits over to any future year you are age eligible.

Will I have to reapply or go to another open call to participate next year? No, since you were accepted as a state finalist this year, you will automatically be accepted as a state finalist for next year or any future year.  You do not have to go an open call information session again.

I have only paid part of my sponsor fee, when will I have to pay the balance to participate next year?  When you signup for the 2021 pageant, you will get a new welcome pack with a fresh copy of magazine #1 in the mail. In that pack will be a sheet with your new deadlines.  If you have a balance, it will be divided into two equal payments spread out over two months.

What if I am too old for next year’s pageant?  We have an older age division called “Miss” that is for ages 19 to 24. You will not lose your payments, they will simply be rolled over to next year and you will age up from Teen to Miss.

Will I have a chance to be the 2020 state queen for my state and age division?  Yes, you will have an opportunity to apply to be appointed the state queen through the NAM Appointed Representative Program. This is the procedure used to appoint queens in states that traditionally do not have a NAM state pageant.  To apply for the Appointed State Title, visit namiss.com/appointed. DEADLINE TO APPLY: August 31st.

When will the 2021 NC/SC be held?  I am not 100% sure, but most likely, it will be held at the end of June 2021 in Charlotte.

Georgia

Georgia: The Georgia pageant is proceeding as scheduled. In order to have enough room to social distance in the ballroom, there will be a limit of FIVE guests per contestant. At pageant check-in each contestant will receive three color-coded wrist bands that with allow their family/friends enter the meeting space.

Click here to see the Georgia Pageant COVID action-plan

Kentucky/Tennessee

Click here to see the Kentucky/Tennessee Pageant COVID action-plan

Kentucky/Tennessee: The pageant is proceeding as scheduled. In order to have enough room to social distance in the ballroom, there will be a limit of FIVE guests per contestant. At pageant check-in each contestant will receive five color-coded wrist bands that with allow their family/friends enter the meeting space.

Click here to see the Kentucky/Tennessee Pageant COVID action-plan

Ohio

Click here for the Ohio COVID action-plan

The state of Ohio has set a limit of 300 for an event. When this regulation was released, I thought it meant that one ballroom could not have more than 300 people present; that we could have 300 people in a ballroom and another 200 in a different ballroom; this is not the case. The state has clarified the regulation and we are allowed 300 people max for the entire event across all the meeting space.

Rather than postponing the event, we are going to get creative with the schedule so that no more than 2 age divisions are on property at the event and any give time. The dates below reflect the new event dates for each age division

GREAT NEWS: The hotel has agreed to lower the room rate as well down to $139 per night. If you already have an existing reservation, they will adjust rate automatically. If you have an existing reservation and need to change your arrival or departure date, please call the hotel at (614) 463-1234. If you do not yet have a reservation click here.

Pre-Teen – All Events:
Tue.-Wed. (July 28-29)
Limit 5 guests per contestant

Princess & Jr. Pre-Teen – All Events
Thu.-Fri. (July 30 -31)
Limit 3 guests per contestant

Jr. Teen & Teen – All Events
Sat.-Sun. (Aug. 1-2)
Limit 2 guests per contestant

Updated schedules
Princess
Jr. Pre-Teen
Pre-Teen
Jr. Teen
Teen

Thank you so much for your understanding during these unique times.