sunburst pageants

T - posted on 12/14/2009 ( 40 moms have responded )

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Anyone familiar with sunburst pageants? Are they worth it?

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Jennifer - posted on 06/23/2013

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I am still planning to go to internationals in Georgia in august. However I am a little disappointed in the results of the ohio state competition. I spent 490 for fess cuz I was told the more optionals she entered the more points she would get the better chance she would have of pulling a higher title. I wa also told by sunburst that they were looking for natural looking girls to not over do the makeup and glitziness. The girl who won in my daughters age group 11 to 13 looked to be about 28 yrs old. had a ton of makeup on. Im happy for her but as others have said. my daughter rocked that stage did everything perfectly and looked beautiful. This time around I plan to make her look more mature rather than her age. It is frustrating. I entered all the optionals. Didn't do ads. We busted our butt raising money. And no matter how perfect she was she didn't take even runner up in any of the optionals other then the photo contests. Just not sure how to win. Have all new gowns this time day wear and swim wear and a brand new talent. So heres hoping. Ive spent 500 already on fees and gowns clothes. Still have to pay 390 in fees. 655 for room. probly 300 or more in gas to get to Georgia from erie pa. I am just hoping that maybe it wont be a complete waste of my money. I wasn't happy with the results of the last pageant. But once I start something we have to finish it. If she doesn't get something this time around I probably will not be doing the sunburst pageant next year.

Patrice - posted on 12/16/2009

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only if you go straight to national, sometimes my daughter will do the mall prelims when she feels her beauty walk needs practice in front of an audience , if you are just starting out they can be ok as a gauge to see if your dd likes doing this or not , if you do go to the nationals prepare to compete in a high glitz pageant , sunburst at the state level and national level is NOT what they sell you at the mall my DD does high glitz as a rule, she is 11 and refuses flat out to compete natural so using it as practice for a new or slightly changed beauty walk from time to time is ok , do not expect to win unless you enter EVERYTHING and keep in mind that your daughter is being judged by mary kay sales people, most of the time....they will pick two queens per age division, one glitz and one natural they do this to increase numbers at the state pageant , at the state pageant natural competitors will "win" enough discounts on the national to make it a somewhat attractive option for going (but no crowns), when you get to the national , your dress had better be from someone like miss nancy or sandi henry or christy merchant , your pics from folks like troy douglas or kapture kashay or donna mallard and you should hire coaching because you wont win enough discounts to go back to state level next year without it and hair and makeup are a must , do not believe what they tell you on the phone, its not relaxed, its far from simple and natural is not ok at any level above the mall

Erica - posted on 11/24/2013

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Hi My Name is Erica In I've Never Did Pageants Before But I would love to start with My one year Old Daughter. Anyone would Like To Share With Me About Pageants How Do I Get Started. I've Always Wanted To Do This With My daughter in Now I Have One .Can Anyone help us:)

Elesha - posted on 06/06/2013

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I'm a new makeup artist looking to get into the world of glitz and glam if you ladies have any incite or information you can give me that would be really grateful.
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Gigi - posted on 05/19/2014

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My daughter Sunburst this past weekend. Only the girls that entered all optionals placed in top 5. There was no reasoning to their judging. They never introduced their main judges and their credentails. I do know 2 of 3 was a husband and wife. When my daughter and a few others were on stage, the two of them didn't even look up at her once. I wondered how they can judge if their head was down the whole time. When they were judged on facial beauty, they went in front of the 3 judges 4 at a time, again only seem to be looking at who was right in front of them. The girl who was crowned, won almost every category they had including every optional but one. It became so obvious this girl was going to do a sweep, when she won every optional but one.IT was very dissapointing and we were hoping things would have been different than other pageants that are just looking for your cash but they are not.. Waste of time and money!

Angela - posted on 03/24/2014

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As a pageant director, I would like to say that no pageant is all good, or all bad. There are pros and cons to each of them. One thing I can say about The Amazing Girl and Miss pageant system (this is not the pageant for girls with disabilities) is that if you win, you get some amazing opportunities. Everything we do is purpose driven. We have a great reputation in our respective communities and get asked to attend several events. As a parent you need to ask one question, "If my daughter should win, what opportunities are available? To be honest, many pageant queens end up just volunteering during their reign and never get to do any cool stuff. Our queens get invited to a charity gala every year and got to take pictures with Steve Wilkos. The best advice is to do your homework. If you don't see photos of the queens doing cool events on their website or Facebook page, it's because they're not.

Britney - posted on 03/14/2014

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Hi there!! My daughter is apart of Dream Girls USA and was 2013 Dream Girls USA Junior Miss WI and she is now Dream Girls USA WI Queen of Queens! And she is also Miss Holiday Spirit Queen of Queens! And she is 7. We have done a couple pageants prior to Dream Girls USA and I will never go back to any other PAGEANT!! Its all NATURAL....Real Girls!! Their company is called USA Productions! They have 4 different pageants in one! One consisting of a photo contest in which you email your pics and never have to leave home! All beautiful Crowns and sashes! We have only been with Dream Girls USA for 2 years and my daughter went from a shy little girl, scared to talk to anyone to this bright and lovely little girl who knows how to carry herself so well! This pageant changed her life and we are like a family! It is not like any other pageant!! They DO NOT DOUBLE CROWN! We are all like family and it is so so much fun!! They actually were on the discovery channel back in the 90's! Here is their website....... If you have any questions please email or call them and if you decide to go with Dream Girls USA please say that Ashlyn Hulburt referred you! :) Also here is my email.....brit_mine_2000@hotmail.com! Email me at anytime!! :) Or find me on facebook! :) https://www.facebook.com/jeremiah.hulburt



(my husband and I share a page)



My name is Britney :)



Here is the Website for Dream Girls USA!! http://dreamgirlsusapageant.com/

Krobins1976 - posted on 03/08/2014

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I am wondering if it is too difficult to stay at another hotel than the one the pageant is at. I kind of thought maybe it'd be better to be at one next door, or down the road due to being so busy at the pageant hotel. My daughter is 1 1/2 so won't have talent or interview. Won't be competing like some of the older girls is my point, and won't be switching outfits like they do. Could someone tell me their experiences with this matter? On other hand being in hotel of pageant you are close. Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

Lashanda - posted on 03/01/2014

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Do you have to do the prelimenary pageant in order to do the state pageant, or can you go straight to the state pageant and compete? Please; anyone can answer :)

Lashanda - posted on 03/01/2014

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Do you have to do the prelimenary pageant in order to go to state, or can you go straight to the state pageant and compete? Please anyone can answer :)

Debra - posted on 02/19/2014

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Hi,
I wanted to invite you to visit my current page:

https://www.facebook.com/mommyofthreekidsandtwodogs?ref=hl
It’s an online photo contest for all kids, and judging will be fair to all.

Thanks,
Debra

Debra - posted on 02/19/2014

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Hi,
I wanted to invite you to visit my current page:

https://www.facebook.com/mommyofthreekidsandtwodogs?ref=hl
It’s an online photo contest for all kids, and judging will be fair to all.

Thanks,
Debra

Ashley D - posted on 01/29/2014

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My name is Ashley my daughter is gonna b 2 in march and we have been in two sunburst pageants and won queen , I like their pageants its great for first timers it was our first n we have been hooked since wehen we started .we had to borrow a friends dress n the next one I had bought from a yard sale and added all the glitz my self and she has won many titles in but the higher u climb the pageant ladder the more u have to put in like time practice and money were bout to buy our first semi glitz dress if any one knos s where to get nice cupcake dressfor good price plz let me know but my point is that me AND my daughter love pageants and its great for their self esteem. shee has her lil routine n knows she has to work hard to bring home a new crown which she loves to put on and show off lol

Jennifer - posted on 08/11/2013

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Did anyone that was in the atlanta georgia international stay at the hampton inn? if so did anyone drop out due to their child waking or themselves waking up with itchy red lesions? My daughter was a contestant in the pageant. We stayed at Hampton Inn after the first night we woke up and my daughter was bitten over 100 times by bed bugs. I actually have video of the infestation. There were hundreds of bugs crawling all over the beds. I also have photos of the bites. I am filing a lawsuit against the hampton inn. Was just interested to know if anyone else stayed there and had bed bug problems? Several girls dropped out of the pageant and I was wondering if it was related to this issue. If so please contact me. Ill look here regularly and als u can reach me at skylana1979@gmail.com thank you for your time.

Baloay - posted on 07/31/2013

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My daughter particiapated in Sunburst last year 2012. This was the first time we've participated and we are new to pageant life. My daughter won beauty queen in preliminaries for the 3 year old age group and won a free photo shoot in Chicago. We were told to bring 5 different outfit and there was a stylist that will do the hair and full photoshoot. The stylist did not know how to do my daughter's hair (African American) and they only did 3 different outfits. There were selling their pictures for a lot of money and we could not afford it, so they basically lost interest and handled us rather quickly. They gave us a contact sheet as part of the prize for winning the Beauty title.
We went to State Finals and my daughter place 2nd runner up. We were pleased with this. This was only her 2nd time participating in pageants. Then we went to internationals in Atlanta. My daughter didn't even make top 10. It was really disappointing because we participated in every event and even sold 5 ad pages for the program book. I don't know what happened but it was really disappointing. I wish they would have provided score cards, so we know what the kids need to work on. I will say we had fun and it was an experience we will never forget. Sunburst is a good pageant to start with. We were going to try it again this year, but we are going some financial chellenges so it wasn't in the budget for this year. However, my daughter will be participating in the NAM (National America Miss Pageant) organization next year. I've done research on this organization and they seem to really have it together. They help prepare the girls for the event. They also have meet and greets for the contestants to meet each other before the pageant competition. My daughter went to the interview and already made friends. The Miss Michgan 2012-2013 for NAM even offered to be her pageant coach. It was truly amazing. Good luck pageant moms! Hopefully we will cross paths one day!

Olivia - posted on 07/15/2013

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Does anyone know if I have to provide a birth certificate or something to verify my child's name, age, etc?

Jennifer - posted on 06/23/2013

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The sunburst pageant is a good way to spend away time with the kids. It is very hard to win. It all goes by points. The more optionals you enter the better chance they have of winning. my daughter is new to pageants. She's twelve years old. The preliminary was her first pageant ever. The state final was her second. She took fourth runner up in her first real pageant. I guess that is pretty good. Its worth it if you win I guess cuz you get some of your money back. if you don't win it can be discouraging as it is very costly. It still has its rewards though. Builds confidence in the kids plus its a cool little vacation for mom and daughter.

Christine - posted on 05/22/2013

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I am a single mom of a 12 month old girl and we are going to the state pageant I fl. You can rent beautiful dresses and outfits if you don't want to spend hundreds of dollars. The major expense is the hotel but we planned ahead and can't wait. It's a mini vacation for us. My son did sunburst when he was little and we loved it. He won states and lost international but we still love sunburst.

Christine - posted on 05/22/2013

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We did sunburst in 2007. My son took state title in ga. Now I have a daughter and we once again joined sunburst. Whether she wins or not does not matter to us. She will build social skills and confidence in herself with time. I love the pageants and as a single mother I don't have many extras but still have fun. You can rent outfits and beautiful dresses with the right people.

User - posted on 03/29/2013

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Is it worth me going to the sunburst state pageant if I am not willing to go full glitz for me 21 month old daughtr?????

Marlee - posted on 03/20/2013

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www.pageantinfo.com is the web site. Most that talk bad are just poor sports and people that say the winner was not pretty is not nice people and I would not take there advice.

Marlee - posted on 03/20/2013

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Sunburst is the best pageant around. It has been around for 35 years. Contestants are now entering there daughters.

Telissamarie - posted on 03/20/2013

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I have a question my daughter is going to the sunburst state finals in may she is 3yrs old and I cannot choose between two dresses what do the judges look for? One dress is hot pink and zebra strips the other is really big and lilac purple?

Kiesha - posted on 02/11/2013

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I participated in the sunburst pageants when I was a teen. I won my local pageant but not the national. It was a lot of fun.

Beth - posted on 02/04/2013

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kennedi won age beauty hair smile personality best dressed photo and model yeahhhh lots of fun

Beth - posted on 01/25/2013

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my daughter kennedi is 14 she will b atteding the pageant on the 3rd i will be posting how she does after we get hm she is full of personallity and a real beauty jus saying i will be completly honest we did pageants years ago and stop beacause she was jus not interested anymore now that she id older she asked me to return so this will be her 1st pageant in years good luck my lil angle,to b con.....kennedi mom

Cristina - posted on 09/21/2012

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i have put my daughter in Sunburst pageants...money sucking!!! they dont care about you...all they care about is what is in your wallet!!! and Marlee Brown, of course u only spent $175 and won, you used to be a Judge...

Marlee - posted on 06/27/2012

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Sunburst is the best and it is very low cost, Loca pageant is 45.00 to enter, I have been to state and spent only 175.00 and my daughter won. Go to www.pageantinfo.com for the schedule. everyone receives a crown and a trophy. We do it for fun everytime it is in out town. We attend othe rpageant but Sunburst is by far the best.

Marlee - posted on 06/12/2012

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I judged for Sunburst and many other pageants before my daughter was born. I love Sunburst, They are fair and very profresional. They let the judges pick the winners. Now I am a pageant mother and I have entered my child over the past 3 years in over 35 differetn pageants . Sunburst is the best run pageant.

Mary Ellen - posted on 06/09/2012

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I HATE Sunbust Pageants. Like the others have said, they are very random at picking winners. They are quickly picked without much thought at all. My dd competes in many pageants and this was the worst. If you would like to get your dd started in pageants, I would try Beautiful Me Productions, Southern Dollz, or local pageants.

Heather - posted on 10/10/2011

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My daughter just competed in a prliminary sunburst pageant. Overall, I was NOT impressed. There was absolutly no reasoning to picking the winners. They say that they are natural and judge on facial beauty and personality only. They say minimal makeup as well. My daughter is in the 7-10 age group, so we watched all the ages prior to hers. They did crowning immediatly after each age group. There were only two toddlers who competed. The toddler who won was not as pretty anf threw a fit on stage. She did NOT want to be there. The other girl was full of smiles and personality. She was a lot more polished; yet, she only got runner up. My daughters age group, there were about 5 girls competeing. None of them showed any personality. And there was a tie for Queen. The two girls who recieved it were wearing a TON of makeup (including blue eyeshadow and red lipstick) and showed VERY little personality. There were two other girls who had no makeup on and recieved runner ups even though they didn't do anything in their beauty walk. I was SO confused by this. I called before the pageant and I was told that my daughter could wear minimal makeup like clear gloss and mascara and that in would not favor her to be in heavy unnatural makeup. But the two who won looked liked they applied their own makeup! Also, it didn't matter that we paid all of the fees or not. We bought everything and it didn't make a bit of difference my daughter still got second runner up. She seriously rocked it and showed a LOT of personality. She did recieve the "best personality" award, but still no queen title. I wouldn't expect this if she didn't perform well, but she did and I did everything I thought we were SUPPOSED to do in pageants. Overall, I thought it was a waste of money and there seemed to be very random ways of picking winners. However, it made HER happy to win something...and that is what really matters most!

Patrice - posted on 01/11/2010

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What is the incentive to take part in the state or nations?
There really is no "incentive" to go other than to win, or compete to win, make friends , have fun competing. Kids that compete at state and nationals LOVE this hobby and it shows. It can be HUGE expense and if dd does not really have a passion for the hobby nationals or states will be a waste of time, I am being frank here but this hobby becomes a labor of love for the kids that love the hobby.

Patrice - posted on 12/23/2009

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look at spending around 1.000 on fees for sunburst nationals .add hotel.........add travel.......add 500+ for dress.add 300 casual wear .....add food.........add western wear 600+..........swimsuit 300+ catwalk ......250............pics at MINIMUM 440 for the sitting, and one print coaching 100 an hour i think the sunburst overall savings bond is 10 grand now , it is going to be the same with any of them , you do not do this hobby to make money or start a college fund for your kid , you do this hobby because your kid likes it making money on it just doesnt happen lol, the pageant owners dont make money, they barely break even because everyone wants big prizes and doesnt want to pay big money , the contestants dont make money the hobby is too high priced to make a profit on , the hair and makeup artists have to pay for their 300 dollar a day
hotel suite , and the photographers have to pay retouchers and pay off those 15,000 camera systems and the ballroom rents at the hotels to set up the photo shoots
the dress makers make almost no profit because the dresses need about 600 dollars worth of rhinestones at wholesale to be competitive and no one wants to pay the seamstress for labor , sunburst is the same as every other pageant at the national level, if you are lucky you might get some of it back, it depends on what your reasons are for competing if it makes it worth it or not it has been worth it for my daughter she is 11 and she is a child with low functioning aspergers , pageants have been an extraordinary experience for her and she would not trade it for the world so yes its worth every overpriced comp card and head shot and dress and coaching session and makeup artist and monthly upkeep on the roots , its been worth it all

T - posted on 12/16/2009

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Thanks for your reply. What is the average cost per pageant including everything like costumes, make up, coaches, entry fees, hotel, travel, etc? What is the incentive to take part in the state or nations? do you have to enter everything to win overall?

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