Pageant Season Update

I trust that our Pageant Associates’ contestants have remained both safe and healthy these last several months and have made the best out of the serious and life-changing pandemic known as COVID-19.  This has caused those of us at Pageant Associates to step back and reevaluate our plans moving forward as well.

We determined that it was time to focus on new endeavors and, to that end, we have worked with the Miss Universe Organization to reduce our commitment from producing three Miss USA and Miss Teen USA state preliminaries, which were Indiana, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, to just one, which is West Virginia. 

Pennsylvania ladies, I am thrilled to announce that Melissa Pitchford, who is the current State Director for the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants in Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio through her company, Proctor Productions LLC, is now adding Pennsylvania to her roster.  Another key member of the Proctor Productions team is Kim Hayes.  You will soon hear from either Kim or Melissa regarding the next Miss Pennsylvania USA and Teen USA events.  We have passed along your contact information and your history of participation with us.  If you would like to connect sooner with Melissa or Kim, you can email them at You should also visit the new website at

Indiana ladies, we will have an announcement regarding your new State Director soon.  For now, continue to let us know of  your interest in competing this year, at, and we will pass it along to the new State Director.

West Virginia ladies, we will be announcing the proposed date of the West Virginia pageants soon.  Continue letting us know of your interest in competing this year at, and we will send you the paperwork as soon as it is available!
On a personal note, I have enjoyed producing both the Indiana (since 1997) and Pennsylvania USA and Teen USA pageants (since 2001) and am proud of the 4,584 contestants that have joined us over these many years.  I look forward to continuing the Pageant Associates traditions in West Virginia for many years to come!
Sincerely yours,

Randy Sanders
President, Sanders & Associates, Inc.
dba, Pageant Associates

Regarding COVID-19

Statement from Pageant Associates regarding COVID-19 – March 22, 2020 We are honoring the CDC recommendations, and local, state and federal mandates regarding our way of doing business.  “We”, meaning our Titleholders and Associates who are working from our homes.  Our Titleholders are utilizing every opportunity being offered by their educational institutions and/or their employers, as well as, our wonderful sponsors to stay connected by phone, email, online meeting apps, FaceTime, etc.  Some are even working to take care of their own businesses, employees and customers/clients.

Pageant Associates suspended all “in person” appearances until the CDC tells us that it is safe to resume public gatherings.  We will use social media to reach out with positive messages and to interact with those who support our Titleholders and their mission to represent our states at a national pageant that will take place, at some point!

The Miss Universe Organization has launched a social media movement #UniverseUnited, to encourage community building and support of each other during this time of separation.  Our Titleholders will be using Social Media to discuss and share stories on how they are coping during these uncertain times.  Watch their social media outlets for these stories, along with Facebook Live and/or Instagram Live events.

We have had questions as to when we will hold our fall competitions.  We are looking at the calendar for potential dates and venues.  We want to be proactive so that we are ready; but sensitive to the fact that the normal way of doing things will be altered for some time to come.  When appropriate, we will provide updates on our plans while monitoring the health and well-being of our families and community.  We will all get through this and be stronger because of it, as we are #UniverseUnited!

Randy Sanders President, Sanders & Associates, Inc. dba, Pageant Associates