CHICAGO — Applications are now being accepted for the title of Mrs. Maine International 2012, an official preliminary to the Mrs. International Pageant which will be held at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Theater. The dates are July 17 to 22.

The woman selected as Mrs. Maine International 2012 will become an ambassador from Maine and will receive an official title, crown and sash.

Competitions will include a private one-on-one interview, with each contestant selecting a platform, which she will speak about throughout her reign (50 percent); fitness wear, in lieu of swimsuit competition (25 percent); and evening gown, with husbands escorting their wives on stage (25 percent).

Married women between the ages of 21 and 56 living or working in Maine who are interested should contact Mary Richardson, national executive director, at 540-989-5992 or [email protected]