How to Make a Pageant Program Book

Pageant books are a good way for contestants to keep a memory of the event.
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One important piece of pageants is the pageant program book. The book contains photos and information on all the participants. Spectators purchase the books as keepsakes. The price charged for the books helps offset the printing costs, as well as pay for other aspects of the pageants. To further offset costs, ad space is sold in the books. Pageant books are also given to judges and pageant staff to commemorate the pageant experience.

Sell advertising space if you wish to include ads. Canvas local businesses. Offer 1/8-page ads, 1/4-page ads and 1/2-page ads or whatever sizes you wish depending on the booklet size. The businesses will most likely supply the ad copy themselves.

Design the layout for the various book sections. The cover should be colorful and evocative of the pageant. The booklet should include a message from the pageant director, a contestant gallery, advertising space, a schedule of events, a pageant staff gallery or listing and a judges' gallery with biographies.

Arrange full photo pages in a photo editor with text captions and titles; put together pages consisting of text in a word processing application. Dedicate as much space as needed to each section; create an even number of pages, divisible by four.

Print your booklet. For an eight-page booklet, the cover and page 8 will be together on one side of the paper, and pages 2 and 7 will be together on the other side of the paper. Pages 3 and 6 will be side by side on another sheet of paper, with pages 4 and 5 side by side on the other side of the paper.

Compile the booklets. Place the pages together in the correct order. Line up the edges of the book and fold the book down the center. Place two staples on the center crease of the booklet to secure the pages.

Jill Kokemuller has been writing since 2010, with work published in the "Daily Gate City." She spent six years working in a private boarding school, where her focus was English, algebra and geometry. Kokemuller is an authorized substitute teacher and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Iowa.