Become a Contestant

Become a Contestant 2017-05-25T08:47:49+00:00


You must be a young woman 17-24 years old who lives, works, or goes to school full-time in La Crosse for at least 6 months prior to the competition. You must also never have been married or pregnant, and be of good moral character.  

Phases of Competition

Personal Interview (25%)
Expression in Talent (35%)
Lifestyle & Fitness in Swimsuit (15%)
Evening Wear (20%)
On-stage Question (5%)
(The percentage represents how each area counts toward the total score.)
Final Ballot


Should you be selected Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest you will serve as an ambassador for La Crosse and Oktoberfest. You will travel to surrounding cities and festivals throughout the year and go on to compete at Miss Wisconsin in June. You will also volunteer throughout the year promoting your personal platform. It is a year-long commitment.


Every contestant is given a score between one and ten immediately after she competes in each area by a panel of qualified judges. Each young woman competes against a judging standard where a 10 is Miss America; comparisons are not made between contestants.


If you are interested in running; the first step is to contact the directors, Amy Ryan or Lisa Horman

Rehearsals for the Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest Program begin the last week of July and are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-9pm. One week prior to the show we will rehearse from 7-10pm every night. The cutoff time for accepting prospective contestants will be the first week in August.
During rehearsals every contestant develops a platform, prepares her 90 second talent, practices production numbers, and prepares for interview with the assistance of our committee. Oktoberfest owns several articles of clothing which contestants may borrow for the competition.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

The national platform for the Miss America Organization is the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. During her year Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest will volunteer for CMNH. Every contestant who competes for Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest will raise $100 for CMNH.