Become a Queen Candidate


The search is on for “Miss Hutchinson 2016”. Each year, the Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival celebration culminates with the selection of the new Miss Hutchinson. The 2016 Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival will be held June 13-19, 2016.

Qualified candidates are young women between the ages of 18-25; a graduate of high school by June the year of Water Carnival candidacy; must not be or have ever been married, been a parent or pregnant and the Queen Candidate or parents must reside in the Hutchinson area.

Being a Queen Candidate is a great opportunity to network and to potentially earn a cash scholarship to be used for education expenses, if selected as Royalty.

2016 Queen Candidate General Statement 

2016 Queen Candidate Application Form 

For more information contact the Water Carnival Queens Chair:

Sam Elbert


[email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are Queen Candidates judged on?

A. Water Carnival Queen candidates are judged on a combination of personality, attitude, intelligence and talent, as well as other intangible characteristics.

Q. What is involved in the pageant?

A. During the Miss Hutchinson pageant, each candidate will participate in a formal gown competition, a question and answer session and must entertain the pageant audience for a period of 3 to 5 minutes with a presentation of talent.  Often, this talent requirement is a concern to candidates.  Have confidence!  Each of us has some talent, and keep in mind: this is only a small portion of the overall judging process.  The total you is the most important aspect!

Q. Who are the Water Carnival Queen Candidate judges?

A. The Water Carnival judges are adults who do not live in Hutchinson that spend the weekend interviewing and observing the candidates along with making the final selections of Miss Hutchinson, Princess and the Talent Award.  Neither the Hutchinson Jaycees nor the Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival Committee have any involvement in choosing Miss Hutchinson or the Princess.

Q. Do I have to find a business to sponsor me?

A. No, the Water Carnival committee secures businesses willing to sponsor queen candidates and the committee assigns each candidate a sponsor.

Q. What are the benefits of being a Queen Candidate?

A. Being a Water Carnival Queen Candidate is an opportunity afforded to only eight young women each year.  Through your experience as a Queen Candidate, you will gain confidence, meet new people and enhance your public speaking skills.  You will also get the chance to learn more about the rich history of Hutchinson and become an active part of the community.  Finally, each of the contestants also will receive a beautiful memento of the occasion.

Q. What is the scheduling commitment of a Queen Candidate?

A.  During Water Carnival week, the Queen Candidate’s time is subject to the schedule of events set up for them by the Water Carnival Committee. Each and every contestant is required to be present at all of the planned events.  If chosen as Miss Hutchinson or Princess, you agree to represent Hutchinson at several parades and other personal appearances throughout Minnesota during your reign, through Water Carnival 2015.

If you have specific scheduling questions, please talk to the Queens Chair or Royalty Coordinators prior to Water Carnival.

Q. Who are the Jaycee Escorts and what is their role?

A. A Jaycee Escort is a Water Carnival Committee Chair tagged to each candidate to serve as the candidates’ liaison for the week of Water Carnival.  The escort will walk with you in various public appearances including the pageant and will also help to answer any questions you might have throughout the week.