*Press Credential Request – Please request credentials for pageant coverage in writing, on company letterhead, to missarkansaspress@gmail.com no later than Tuesday, July 5th.  Be sure to include which nights (Wednesday – Saturday) you would like to attend, the name of the person covering the pageant and whether they are a writer, photographer or videographer.  Seating on the runway is limited and preference will be given to those outlets covering the pageant multiple nights.

*Official Press Conference with Miss Arkansas 2016 - The newly crowned Miss Arkansas 2016 will be available immediately following the crowning in her first official press conference. This will take place Saturday night, July 9th, in Room 101 in the Hot Springs Convention Center.  All media are invited and encouraged to attend.  If you plan to attend please email missarkansaspress@gmail.com






On behalf of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation, we are thrilled to announce the Tony Bowls Designs Overall Evening Gown Award!  This award, valued at $1,500, will be given to the contestant that earns the highest overall points based on poise and elegance during the evening gown competition.  

Tony Bowls is an Arkansas native and long time friend of the Miss Arkansas Pageant.  Also this year, Tony is partnering with Buffie's All the Rage to provide the contestants with a cocktail dress to be worn during the opening number of the 2016 Miss Arkansas pageant.  We recognize and value Tony's talent in Arkansas!

His evening wear designs have a reputation in the pageant world where numerous Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Universe contestants have worn his designs.  Tony is the Official Designer for the Miss America's Outstanding Teen Pageant and was the 2014 Official Miss America Evening Gown Designer.  

He not only implements his innovative ideas in the world of pageantry but also Prom and Social Occasion wear and is a two time DEBI Award winner for "Prom Designer of the Year."  

Tony's designs have appeared on such shows as Bravo's "Real Housewives", American Idol, American Music Awards, CMA Awards and many other.  Tony Bowls designs are glamorous, sophisticated and distinctive soft modern edges of hand embroidery, beading and the use of luxurious fabrics.  





Miss Arkansas Board of Directors announces the Hot Springs Comfort Inn and Comfort Suites as Miss Arkansas Pageant 2016 VIP Host Hotels. All contestants family, friends and those planning to attend the pageant should make hotel reservations directly with the hotels. Call and make your reservations today. BOOK EARLY.


This year, the Miss Arkansas Week will begin over the July 4th holiday weekend with several other large groups in town so hotels may fill up fast. There are also some renovations currently at the connecting hotel to the Hot Springs Convention Center which may also create accommodations limitations. Be sure to ask for the "Miss Arkansas Pageant Rate."

Comfort Inn
3627 Central Ave., Hot Springs, AR, 71913, US
Rates: $112.99

Comfort Suites
320 Nash Street, Hot Springs, AR, 71913, US
Rates: $124.00



The Miss Arkansas Executive Director’s Association will hold the annual
judges seminar in two locations this year. The cost of the seminar will be
$10 per person. You must attend a seminar every other year to remain on the
Arkansas Judges List, and your membership must be renewed yearly. Each year
you will be notified by email about seminar dates and locations, rule
changes, and membership renewal.

The 2016 judges seminars will be led by Robin Houseworth, Director of Field
Operations for the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant. All phases of
competition will be covered, along with eligibility to judge, and rules.

The Judges Bio Sheet and rules are available below for you to print out, complete
and bring with you to one of the seminars of your choice. If you attended
last years seminar in Hot Springs, you only need to print out judges bio
sheet, complete and mail the form and your payment of $10 to the address
listed on the form to complete your renewal for 2016. There have been several
rule changes for judging this year, so if you are available to attend it would be greatly
appreciated so you will be familiar with the changes.

*Locations of Seminars:*

Saturday, June 11, 2016    9:30 am
Russellville Center for the Arts
2209 S. Knoxville Ave
Russellville, AR

Saturday, July 9, 2016    9:30 am
Bank of the Ozarks Convention Center
Wheeler Room
134 Convention Blvd
Hot Springs, AR

If you have any questions, please feel free to give MAEDA a call at
479-719-0736 or you may email us at
We look forward to seeing you at the Miss Arkansas Judges Seminar!








Scholarship Notification 2015

Miss Arkansas Pageant ... July 3 - 9th, 2016 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.