Want to discover the next Honey Boo-Boo? Running a beauty pageant in the state of Arkansas requires a $10,000 surety bond. The bonds are readily available. If purchased through Surety1.com, the cost of the surety bond is $100.00 and there is no credit check required.
Per the State’s website:
No person shall conduct a beauty pageant in Arkansas unless registered with the Department. Registration in another state as a beauty pageant operator shall not be effective in this state.
A registration and bonding exemption applies to any operator
which has existed as an operation for at least twenty-five (25) years, and its affiliates, whether now or hereafter, and whose continuing primary function involves the annual organization, promotion and sponsoring of a statewide talent and beauty pageant in which contestants compete for scholarships, awarded by the operator, as well for the opportunity of being Arkansas’ representative and contestant in an annual nationwide talent and beauty pageant with which the operator is affiliated.
If you need additional information on obtaining a license, please contact the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. The phone number is: 501-324-9057.