If I am having a beauty pageant at a function, but we are not charging fees, do we need a license?

Andy Diehl -

A beauty pageant includes any contest or competition in which entrants are judged on the basis of physical beauty, skill, talent, poise, and personality, and in which a winner, or winners are selected as representing an ideal in one or more areas. 

Any person who conducts business in the state of Tennessee as a beauty pageant operator must comply with the requirements of the Tennessee Beauty Pageant Law, as codified at T.C.A. 47-18-201 et seq.

Certain nonprofit organizations, religious organizations, churches, organizations affiliated with local governments (e.g. schools), civic clubs, and fairs are exempted from the registration fee and surety bond requirement, as codified at T.C.A. 47-18-202 and T.C.A. 47-18-205.

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