The regional contest for the oldest pageant for female impersonators in the country will take the stage Aug. 2 at Club One. The winner of the Miss Gay Georgia America contest will represent the region during the finals, which will be in St. Louis, Mo., in October.

The winner need not be a Georgia resident.

In addition, the night prior to the pageant, the community can meet all the participants at 7 p.m. with free food and a cash bar at B Historic Savannah.

“It is open to everyone so please stop in, have a drink and say hello to Miss Gay America, Deva Station, our judges and contestants!" said Club One show director Blair Williams, who wore the national crown in 2015.

Miss Gay America was established in 1972 and is based on the Miss America contest and follows a similar format.

"Contestants compete in a male interview (think professional job interview in suit and tie), presentation, evening gown, on stage question and answer, and talent," Williams said. "You should expect an incredible evening of drag entertainment and pageantry, much like you would see at the real girl Miss America contest, except our hair is bigger, our gowns more lavish and our talents more Broadway production quality.”

Scoring and taking the crown is a challenging task for any of the queens on the search for a spot in the finals.

 

“Male interview is worth 150 points total," Williams said. "Gown is worth 150 as well. Presentation is worth 100. On stage question is worth 50. Talent is worth 350 points. Each category is broken down into sub categories that are scored to achieve the total points for that category."

Anyone regardless of geographic location or residency is eligible to enter, Williams added. Talent will be local and regional. "Between our winner and first alternate, both of whom will go on to Miss Gay America, we are offering over $7,500 in cash and prizes. From photo shoots to gown designers, the contestants will be treated like queen.

"Our hostess and emcee for Miss Gay Georgia America will be none other than 'The Voice' herself, Miss Denise Russell," Williams continued. "Denise hails from Ohio and is a former Miss Gay Ohio America. If you have never seen Denise on stage or heard her sing, you are in for a real treat."