Pageant Information

This year marks the 67th annual Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival in Ruston and the coronation of the 67th Queen Dixie Gem Peach. Along with Miss Spirit of Ruston, both are official preliminaries to the Miss Louisiana Pageant and the Miss America Pageant, the largest source of scholarships for women in the world.

Dixie Center for the Arts On Saturday, July 22, 2017, the historic Dixie Center for the Arts in downtown Ruston will host  the Princess Peach Pageant at 10 a.m. and the Queen Dixie Gem and Spirit of Ruston Pageants at 6 p.m.

Contestant Information

Queen Dixie Gem Peach and Miss Spirit of Ruston

Queen Dixie Gem Peach and Miss Spirit of Ruston are both official preliminaries to the Miss Louisiana Pageant and the Miss America Pageant, the largest source of scholarships for women in the world.

Contestants will compete in the following categories: Artistic Expression (Talent); Presentation and Community Achievement (Interview); Presence and Poise (Evening Wear); Lifestyle and Fitness (Swimsuit); and Knowledge and Understanding (On-Stage Question).

To be eligible to compete, a contestant must:

  • Be between the ages of 17 and 24.
  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Meet residency requirements for competing in a certain town or state.
  • Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America Organization.
  • Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements.
  • Be able to meet the time commitment and job responsibilities as set forth by the local program in which you compete.

To become a contestant in the Miss Dixie Gem Peach and Miss Spirit of Ruston pageant, contestants should:

  1. Submit application and photos via e-mail (missdixiegempeach@gmail.com) or old-fashioned mail (Dixie Gem Peach Scholarship Organization, Attn Melanie Garrison, 2501 Briarhill Dr, Ruston, LA 71270). Photo should be a head shot appropriate for the newspaper and program book. If mailing, please submit 2 photos. E-mailed photos should be in a jpeg format.
  2. CMN Donation Verification: While there is no entry fee to participate in the pageant, contestants must raise $100 for the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) to be eligible to compete. A printed copy of the contestant’s CMN donation must be received by the application deadline of June 22, 2017.

2017 DGP & SOR Contestant Application

Dixie Gem Peach & Spirit of Ruston Outstanding Teen

Founded in 2005, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Inc. has become one of the top scholarship providers for teen girls in the United States! Participants on the local, state, and national levels have been the recipients of valuable scholarship assistance upon graduation from high school. In just a few short years, MAOT has made available almost $4,000,000 in cash and in-kind scholarships.

As of September 2012, we have written scholarship checks for over $611,000 to more than 120 different colleges and universities across the country.  All of our scholarships are paid directly to the institution attended by our participants and cover tuition, books, and room and board (some restrictions apply).

Miss America’s Outstanding Teen promotes education as the key to a person’s success and is proud to assist so many outstanding teens with their college expenses. Total Cash Scholarships Paid To Date: $611,738.08

Miss Dixie Gem Peach Outstanding Teen is an official preliminary to the Miss Louisiana’s Outstanding Teen and the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen programs. Eligibility for the Dixie Gem OT program is based on the standards set by MAOT. Contestants should:

  • Be a young lady between the ages of 13 and 17 (Click here to view the Age/Education Eligibility Chart)
  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Meet residency requirements for competing in a certain town or state.
  • Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization.
  • Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements.
  • Be able to meet the time commitment and responsibilities as set forth by the local program in which you compete.
  • Must not be eligible to compete in the Miss America Competition.
Valerie Thomas, Miss Spirit of Ruston Outstanding Teen 2012

Valerie Thomas, Miss Spirit of Ruston Outstanding Teen 2012

Miss Dixie Gem Peach & Miss Spirit of Ruston Outstanding Teen contestants will compete in the following categories:

  • Private Interview
  • Lifestyle and Fitness in Aerobic Wear
  • Talent
  • Evening Wear
  • Onstage Question

To enter the Miss Dixie Gem Peach and Miss Spirit of Ruston Outstanding Teen pageant, contestants should:

  • Submit application form and photograph (headshot please). Application forms and photos may be e-mailed to missdixiegempeach@gmail.com or mailed to Dixie Gem Peach Scholarship Organization, Attn Melanie Garrison, 2501 Briarhill Drive, Ruston, LA 71270. All applications must be received by Friday, June 7, 2013.
  • Pay registration fee of $100. A check payable to Dixie Gem Peach Scholarship Org may be included with the application forms and photo (mail to address above). Or you may pay by Paypal (see instructions below). Deadline is Friday, June 7, 2013.
  • Don’t forget! If you’d like to support your Outstanding Teen contestant with best wishes in the Dixie Gem Peach Program book, see program book ads below.

To pay your registration fee with Paypal. Click here to go to Paypal.com. Login with your username and password. Go to SEND MONEY and follow the instructions (send payment to dixiegempeach@aol.com). Please include a note with CONTESTANT’S NAME and OUTSTANDING TEEN CONTESTANT. A confirmation of your registration will be e-mailed to you when your payment and registration information is received. Deadline for entry is June 22, 2017.

2017 DGP and SOR Outstanding Teen Application

Princess Peach

Chloe Brashear, Princess Peach 2012

Chloe Brashear, Princess Peach 2012

To be eligible to participate in the Princess Peach Pageant, a contestant must:

  • Be ages 4, 5, or 6 on the date of the pageant.
  • Participate in all pageant events including the Princess Peach Ice Cream Social as well as rehearsals and the pageant.
  • Submit registration form and photograph (headshot please). Registration forms and photos may be e-mailed to missdixiegempeach@gmail.com or dropped by the Ruston/Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2111 N. Trenton St, Ruston. All applications must be received by Friday, June 7, 2013.
  • Pay registration fee of $75. A check payable to Dixie Gem Peach Scholarship Org may be included with the registration forms and photo. Or you may pay by Paypal. Deadline is Friday, June 7, 2013.
  • Don’t forget! If you’d like to support your Princess Peach contestant with best wishes in the Dixie Gem Peach Program book, see program book ads below.

To pay your registration fee with Paypal. Click here to go to Paypal.com. Login with your username and password. Go to SEND MONEY and follow the instructions (send payment to dixiegempeach@aol.com). Please include a note with CHILD’S NAME and PRINCESS PEACH CONTESTANT. A confirmation of your registration will be e-mailed to you when your payment and registration information is received. Deadline for entry is June 22, 2017.

2017 Princess Peach Application

Pageant Sponsors

No event is successful without the hard work of community volunteers. And the Dixie Gem Peach Pageant is thankful for the many people and businessess who come together to make it a success. We say a very special thank you to the following businesses who make this event possible.

Dixie Center for the Arts

Ruston/Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau

Spring Media USA

Miss Louisiana Organization

Miss America Organization

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Would you or your business like to become a part of the Dixie Gem Peach Pageant?  There are several ways to become involved.

  • Volunteer: Click here and e-mail us as to how you’d like to be involved.
  • Donate to Prize Packages for Titleholders: We’d love to feature your product and/or business at the pageant as a part of the Prize Package for our Titleholders. Click here and e-mail us the item you’d like to donate along with a description and dollar value. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
  • Purchase a Program Book Ad. To purchase a program book ad, see details below.
  • Additional Sponsorship Opportunities are available.