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Text: DeVona @ KKOA

Hey girls, we're getting lots of interest in the (2) $1,000 Beauty Contests, so without further a do here's the "facts & nothin' but the facts", as Jack Webb on the TV hit show “Dragnet” use to say!!!

Kustom Kemps Of America (KKOA)


July 24-25-26, 2015 - Salina, Kansas

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Pin Up, or Lookers Beauty Contest's. KKOA has been presenting these contests in conjunction with its 1940's, 50s,and 60's style hotrodding events for several years in Kansas, Wisconsin and Texas with overwhelming success. The Lookers contest is new this year due to popular request. Each contest will have a $1,000 cash purse, split into three cash awards. $500, $300, $200.

These contests are being held & judged on Fri, and Sat. for all contestant's, and Sun. for the six winners. The contests will be held on the Main Stage of Oakdale Park in Salina, Kansas, as part of the annual KKOA Leadsled Spectacular hotrodding show weekend (always the last fri. Sat. & Sun. of July). Show hours: 9:am-5:pm, Fri. & Sat., 9:am-1:pm Sun. The Beauty Contests start around noon.

A Pin-Up & Lookers Meet & Greet tent booth will be set-up for contestants, prior to the contest times each day, to meet the general public, and for show car owners who may ask you to pose by their cars or trucks. Keep in mind that national newsstand magazine editor's will be covering the event, and shooting lots of pictures.


Pin-Up Contestant's  must be between 18 through 39 years of age,

and dress reminiscent of the 1940's-'50's & early '60's, Pin-up & or Cowgirl era.

Lookers Contestant's  must be 40 - + years of age (no limit),

and dress reminiscent of the 1970's retro era through current year dress code.

First and Foremost be assured that this is a beauty contest, and not a burlesque show.

KKOA has proudly produced hundreds of family oriented hotrodding events for 35 years. ___________________________________________________________________________

Contestants will be organized & hosted by Merideth Highsmith (former pin-up contestant), and you will be introduced on by the host MC, Eddie Valen, to come on stage and make a posing parade pass around the stage. He will then ask each girl 4-5 non-political questions! Example: Who is your favorite singer, and why?, or your favorite movie, favorite American state or town, favorite sports, TV or Movie star, favorite car or truck of show, etc. (Helpful hint! Remember the era you're depicting). Eddie is a 100% gentleman, friendly, and a professional Las Vegas, Branson, and Casino singer/songwriter/entertainer, and he will make you feel very comfortable while on stage.

 For your convenience there is a shared, a/c cooled, dressing room available back stage, prior to show-time. Shown Below is the judging criteria for the judges to consider and grade by.


Criteria was created by Carmen Orlowski, Pin-up Host for the KKOA contest in Wisconsin.

Judge's will be grading each contestant based on the below six categories. Each contestant will be scored on a 1-10 scale (no decimal points) with 10 being the best score. Individual categories will be tallied and the winner determined by who has the most total points. In case of a tie, the ‘Overall Impression’ category will be used as the tie breaker.

Sample KKOA Judging Card!

ENTRANT NAME____________________________________________No.____________

1.____HAIR/MAKEUP – Is hair/makeup well done and reminiscent of the era contest entered?

2.____OUTFIT – Pin Up Dress code can be retro like Betty Grable or Marilyn Monroe, or Cowgirl style like Annie Oakley, or Patsy Cline. Lookers can dress 70's disco, hip '80's & 90's, or current 21st century style.

                Is outfit well put together and reminiscent of the contest era, and appropriate? Full 50's, through current year style bathing suits suitable. (points will be subtracted for exposed belly buttons, exposed garters/bras, extra short mini-skirts or lingerie…(most likely this would be seen ahead of time and contestant would be asked to change). Remember it's a family friendly contest.

3.____STAGE PRESENCE/POISE – Does the contestant carry herself well and with confidence on stage?

4.____POSES – Did the contestant remember to do all 3 poses? Were the poses classy, unique and of the era appropriate? Did she hold the poses long enough and confidently? (points will be subtracted if contestant lifts skirt to show garter or exposes herself in any way)

5.____PERSONALITY/QUESTION-ANSWER – Was the contestants answer thoughtful and unique and did her personality shine through as opposed to just a generic answer? (points will be detracted for any vulgarity)

6.____OVERALL IMPRESSION – Take all the categories into consideration and give a overall score.

Additional info. call: DeVona @ KKOA, (417) 847-2940, email:

Good Luck, be kool, and look kooool. - KKOA

Posted 1-6—15

Please be sure and tell them you’re booking for the Kustom Kemp Car Show to receive the good rates!
Area Code is: (785)  Click Here for The complete listing of Hotels, Motels
For additional info. call KKOA @ (417)-847-2940

Spring and Summer

are comin’ down the pike, and before you can french your head-lights

the Thirty-Fifth Anniversary of the

Kustom Kemps Of America

Leadsled Spectacular


Run-What’ya- Brung-Drags


$2,000 - 2 age group (18-39 and 40-+)

PIN-UP, & LOOKERS Beauty Conests!

 will be knockin’ at your front door.

Tons of sun and fun are on the docket,

so write it on the garage wall,

save your coins, and be in

Salina, Kansas

July 23-24-25-26, ’15

America’s Hotrodding Playground!

So Big It Takes Two Giant Park Facilities,

SantaFe Ave. & the Stiefel Theatre to Hold It!


for helping to make the SPECTACULAR live up to it’s name.

And, for supporting the kool world of HOTRODDING.

1,900-+ Entrants in 2014Will it reach 2,000-+ in 2015?

Long live Flathead Mills & Shoebox Sleds

Additional Information contact the KKOA at: (417)-847-2940,
email:, website:


Posted 1–6-15

To help answer the many phone questions coming in, this will help!

Kustom Kemps Of America

and Run-What’ya-Brung-Drag-Racing

DENISON, TEXAS - SEPT. 25-26-27, 15
Traditional Hotrodding Is The Scene Here!

(Downtown Denison @ Forest Park next to Football Stadium)

Show Entry Fee required! Registration open to all 1969 & Older

Hotrods, Custom Cars & Trucks, Vans & Drag Racing Machines

Register @ the Best Western Texoma, Denison, Tx., Hwy 75 @ Exit 69

Show Hours: Fri & Sat. 9:a-5:p, Sun 9:a-12:noon

Show Free To Spectators

Friday Night Cruise-In @ Watson's Drive-In on Main St.

NEW this year! KKOA Koolest Cruiser Contest

Relive the 50's @ a original 50's hang-out. 6-9p

Rock & Roll Jamboree
Cowgirl, or Retro Pin-Up Beauty Contest
@ the Rialto Theatre (Main St. Denison), 8:pm

Live Musical Concert (TBA)
General Seating, (no reserve seats)

Doors open @ 7:p, show @ 8:p

Special second-half attraction on the same ticket!!!

$500.00 Retro Cowgirl, or Pin-Up Beauty Contest

$250 Miss Yellow Rose Of Texas - $150 First Runner-Up - $100 Second Runner-Up

All girls 18 & older eligible to enter. Info. KKOA 417-847-2940


Entrance on Hwy. 289, S. of Pottsboro, Tx. 

Registered Entrants of the Hotrodding Hullabaloo race free
Additional Information contact the KKOA at: (417)-847-2940,
email:, website:



If you're a current KKOA member you can advertise your kustoms for sale on-line, for free. All we need is your ad/photo e-mailed to us at,, and we'll place it on-line in less then 48 hours (most of the time within 24 hours). Also, if you want a picture with your ad, simply scan it in jpeg format and send it w/your ad. Or, if you want to U.S. Mail us a ad w/photo we'll get it on as soon as we get it. Non-KKOA members can also place a ad w/a picture for only $10 per ad, w/a photo.
All ads will run for a minimum of 30 days, or longer w/space available. For even quicker service, Visa, or Mastercard is accepted on either of our security-safe membership page, or events page of this website. Once on, in the bottom "comment" box, simply type in "Ad for 4-Sale Page." Mailing by postal service send to: KKOA 26 Main St., Cassville, MO. 65625. Additional info. can be obtained by calling KKOA at: (417) 847-2940

Extra bonus! All ads received will also be placed in the next immediate issue of the Trendsetter magazine that's mailed to every KKOA member.

To see what's currently for sale,
go to the "4-Sale" page of this website.

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