Directors of the Miss Oregon and Miss Oregon Outstanding Teen competitions canceled events in July at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center over the coronavirus.
Teri Leeper Taylor, the organization’s executive director, made the announcement after last week’s postponement of the 100th anniversary of the Miss America competition due to the global impact of COVID-19. The national event has been moved to 2021.
Shivali Kadam, who represented Oregon at last year’s Miss America competition, and Marin Gray, Miss Oregon’s Outstanding Teen 2019, will extend their years of service until their successors are crowned in 2021.
The next Miss Oregon and Miss Oregon Outstanding Teen competition will be held in June 2021.
“The 2021 date allows everyone the opportunity to focus on what is most important now and to look forward with new purpose, new energy and anticipation to our 73rd competition,” Leeper Taylor said.
Miss North Coast Teen Emmy Huber, Miss North Coast Caitlin Hillman, Miss Clatsop Teen Gracie Weaver and Miss Clatsop County Haylie Moon will also keep their titles until next year’s competitions.
The competitions have been a summer attraction in Seaside since 1947, after city leaders suggested the appointment of a special events committee to attract visitors. The event was held at locations throughout the city before becoming an annual fixture at the convention center.
Miss America, started in 1921, did not have a competition in the years 1928 to 1932 and 1934. This will be the first year that Oregon will miss holding a competition.
Last year, 25 titleholders competed to win the Miss Oregon crown and advance to the Miss America competition, while 20 younger candidates competed for Miss Oregon’s Outstanding Teen.
Chelle Sollars, the co-director of the Miss Clatsop County Scholarship Program, has been involved in the pageant since 1995, a year after she appeared in the 1994 event.
The contestants for this year, she said, “are very disappointed” about the cancellation. “A lot of them had already ordered their dresses or have their dresses, and a lot of the paperwork has been submitted,” she said. “They’ve been on it, and have gotten their stuff done.”