All I can say is after having read all these negative comments, I feel that many of the parents who are complaining did not read the information packets that came in the mail. They detail all of the "required" fees such as the production number outfit and finale tickets.
The dresses and interview outfits will cost money, but if you are frugal, you can find some great deals online. I saw some complaints about fees associated with staying in a hotel. No one is required to stay at the pageant hotel. If free breakfast and a cheaper rate are important, stay elsewhere and drive to the pageant hotel every day.
Plenty of people do that. Take food with you instead of splurging on restaurants during your pageant weekend. This is supposed to be fun and it is not difficult to avoid spending a huge amount of money. My daughter has participated in this pageant for years and we look forward to returning every time.
The money spent is well worth the change we have seen in her from quiet and shy to confident and unafraid to speak in front of others. You have to go into it with a positive attitude and you will enjoy the experience!
Reason of review: Good quality.
National American Miss Pros: Teaches kids life skills.