Subject: Yes, they will from experience. I had one of the largest pageants in my state. We made sure everyone knew we were not a prelim. It was not uncommon for us to have 40-50 contestants. We paid the winner’s entry to a state USA Pageant if she chose to go. We were threatened with legal action by the state and national pageant because we paid for the entry with a check from our pageant. You cannot make this crap up. I walked away from it and am better for it.