Azalea Trail Maids

Representing Mobile, Alabama since 1929

The Azalea Trail Maids serve as ambassadors for the city of Mobile. They meet dignitaries, greet visitors, appear at public events, and travel the country representing Mobile. They are selected through an interview process (one at school and one at the county level). Overall fifty girls from the county will be chosen to serve on the court during their senior year of high school.

How to Apply:

Any young ladies interested in the Azalea Trail Maid program need to contact Mrs. Cowan at to get information and all necessary paperwork for interviews. You must include a wallet-size photo with your application. This will not be returned. All pieces of the Azalea Trail Maid packets AND your wallet-size photo are due Monday, August 29th by 3:00 P.M

The requirements to interview for Azalea Trail are as follows:

  • 3.0 minimum unweighted GPA from ninth and tenth grades
  • No suspensions during high school years
  • Good moral character (this includes a positive and age appropriate social media presence on ALL platforms)
  • Must not have excessive absences


Candidates eligible to interview will be informed by Tuesday, August 30thThe school interview will last three-five minutes, and the judges will be from outside of school. You will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Scholastics—20%
  • Delivery & presentation—20%
  • Personal appearance— 20%
  • Knowledge of Mobile history and attractions—20%
  • Knowledge of current events—20%

Additional Dates:

  • School interviews are Sept. 1st from 2:00-5:00.

                       (names of girls who are chosen will be posted on the front doors of the school that afternoon)

Additional Information
The Mobile Jaycees determine how many candidates we can send to county interviews based on our school population. This will determine how many girls will be selected from school interviews. The school can send this number of candidates and one alternate. At the orientation meeting, held the week of county interviews, the alternate will receive a letter stating whether she can interview or not. If the alternate does not get an interview immediately, she will have to wait until the weekend of interviews to see if a spot opens.
The Trail Maids dress in antebellum style dresses that are made for each individual girl. The dresses cost anywhere from $3,500 to $5,000 depending on how detailed you want to make it. If you have friends or relatives that want to help with the cost of the dress—let them! This money will have to be paid within approximately two months of selection, but there are no other major expenses throughout the year… just a lot of fundraising! 
Michelle Cowan
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