Pageants have long been associated with Homecoming. What is known today as the Miss USU Pageant began as the Harvest Queen pageant during the first part of the 20th century. By 1950, Homecoming Royalty had replaced the Harvest Ball Queen to become one of the longest-running traditions of USU homecoming history. Uncertainty over the appropriateness of beauty pageants led to a cessation of the event between 1998 and 2002. The recent Miss USU competition has since replaced selection of Homecoming Royalty. Although Miss USU is selected each year in April, she is still honored the following fall at the Homecoming parade and game. 

The Homecoming Queen competition was usually fierce: anywhere from 10 to 30 women would participate each year. Before the pageant even began, there was an application which had to be approved for each contestant, narrowing the field from an even bigger group that wanted to compete. 


Kaho Fiefia as Mr. USU.
Kaho Fiefia was crowned Mr. USU in 2011.


In the spirit of equality, students have held a Mr. USU competition during Homecoming Week since the early 2000's. The popular event fills the TSC ballroom, and USU honors Mr. and Miss USU together at the Homecoming Game.