The Miss America Pageant has been postponed from this December until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic, and all the state pagents have followed suit.
The Miss Nebraska and Miss South Dakota Pageant boards both held emergency meetings yesterday and postponed their respective Miss and Outstanding Teen Pageants to next spring.
Miss Nebraska Director and Board President Chris Tooley says the current state and local title holders will retain their crowns until next year’s contests. Current title holders who will exceed the age limit this year will be grandmothered in.
Tooley says it’s important the current queens are able to have their moment in competition at Miss Nebraska and to promote their social impact initiative within their community, with the same applying to reigning Miss Nebraska Allie Swanson.
South Dakota Scholarship Foundation Executive Director September Kirby says the board is discussing options for current Miss South Dakota Amber Hulse,and Miss South Dakota’s Outstanding Teen Payton Steffensen to fulfill their duties until the 2021 state competition with any local titleholders who qualified to compete this year ok to compete at state next year.
Hulse supports the decision to postpone this year’s pageants because of the pandemic. She calls it “disappointing” to have to wait for both Miss America and the selection of her successor, but also says the delay “gives the next Miss South Dakota the iconic crowning moment and experience she deserves surrounded by her friends and family.”