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I wanted to pass on a compliment to your program that has been on my heart.   I just wanted to say that the girls that were chosen as queens last year are the nicest, kindest, most sincere  girls.   I have been so impressed by them at the rehearsals over the past month, and I wanted to tell you how grateful I am to have them as role models for my daughter and the younger girls.   I feel like there is so much negative stuff in the world that I like to pass on positive things when I see them.   It is a credit to your program that they are not only gorgeous but kind as well.  Mom of Jr. Teen contestant 2020

When I entered this pageant I had no idea how much it would change me. It has help me become more confident and helped me learn about true beauty. This experience has helped change my life for the better. Thank you!  2020 Jr. Teen Contestant

This past year being (on your court) was the best experience ever! Growing up I’ve had a ton of confidence issues, and I feel like your pageant guidance has helped make me the woman I am today. If I don’t place tonight, it’s ok because I’ve gained everything I could have ever wanted, which is self-confidence. I love you!

~Court member of 2015

Our experience with Up Pageantry has been an amazing one! Not only for my daughter but our entire family. We have all gotten the opportunity to participate in community events and community service to benefit our community and enrich our lives as well. Tami has been beyond generous with her time, knowledge, community contacts, wardrobe, and kindness. She has lifted up my daughter’s confidence and spirit, and helped her learn to command herself in interviews and difficult conversations with poise. There have been so many fun experiences with Up and the opportunities that Bailey never would’ve had, or the courage to try without the support of Tami, Alora, Rachel, and the rest of the Up staff.  We are forever grateful. The Breens

UP Pageantry gave me confidence in not only my presence, but in the way I conduct myself. I am so thankful to have met so many strong and beautiful ladies and I am excited to stay connected with them! Thank you to Up Pageantry for believing in me and giving me the strength of a woman needs. ~ Miss Contestant 2020

Absolutely loved being part of the Placer County Pageant! It was the first pageant experience for my daughter and me, and we both felt like we belonged. A wonderful experience that empowers and gives confidence to little girls as well as grown women.  We love being a part of the Up Pageantry family
S & J


Tami, thank you for an unforgettable experience. I’m so thankful for everything this pageant has brought me. It taught me how to be comfortable in my own skin again but most of all taught me how to love myself again too. I’m so happy with all the connections I’ve made and I can’t wait to see where things go. I have so much love for you! JLW ️

I just want to thank you so much for being so warm and inviting to our girls and especially wanted to tell you how excited and how happy (our daughter) was. It kind of makes me tear up because as much dedication as we had to (a different pageant company), we never really felt welcomed or warmed, and when you asked (our daughter) to come on stage and help as a past queen she didn’t stop talking about it at all last night and she was so elated, she said mom “I felt like I was actually wanted and welcomed as a  past queen”, because there’s always the favorites, as you know in (the other organization) and I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart…I’m sorry I’m getting emotional, but it means the world to our family. Thank you so much. You’re doing a wonderful job, Tami, thank you again.

~Mom of a past queen

Tami, I honestly don’t know where to begin. You have no idea how much you and this pageant and all the girls involved in it mean to me. It’s incredible how you cope with all the stress of putting together this pageant and the events but you sure do a great job at it. This pageant has given me so much and I don’t know what I would do without it. Every single person here has made such an impact on me and I’ve learned so much from them, I don’t know what I would do without the friendships I have made.. This pageant has taught me so much about myself and it’s helped me get through so much and I’m grateful and lucky for you Kirk, Alora, and the others for everything you do for these amazing young women and myself. You have such a huge impact on everyone you meet it shows by how you run this pageant. I love you so much and I’m so grateful for how much of yourself you put into this pageant. Never stop doing what you’re doing because even though it becomes so hard and stressful, you always give it your best and every event, fundraiser, and pageant is always an amazing experience for me and all those girls. I love you so much and I am so lucky and thrilled to be a part of this family, and I will keep competing until I can’t.

Love, Keira, Jr. Teen Placer County 2019

Tami, you can’t cry. We’re never leaving. ~2018 royalty

I love being in this pageant because I get to make new friends. Thank you so much. B.J., junior contestant 2019

Up Pageantry is a staple in the community. They prepare our future leaders for success. Being a part of this pageant as a sponsor and leading a resume interview workshop is an honor. ~Charlotte Radmilovic, Rabobank

Thank you Tami for making a pageant that’s not only fun but empowering to us girls. This program has shown me how to be more confident. Thank you all queens for being so helpful, and supportive to us all. Thank you for helping us every night to me perfect poised and powerful. No matter what the outcome comes to I will be here next year. Thank you for everything. Love T.M. 2019 contestant

In every interaction, event, and opportunity, it is clear that Up pageantry is committed to the growth and empowerment the young ladies in placer County. In addition to community connectivity and ample local volunteerism opportunities, this pageant system encourages personal growth and challenges participants to consider the impact that they can make on the world. Vanessa has thrived in the positive and supportive environment offered by a pageantry and is grateful to have gained a team of lifelong friends and pageant sisters. ~Nick and Sarah Novo

It was my privilege to observe Up Pageantry first hand their commitment to a memorable experience for everyone involved.  As a former Placer County Deputy D.A., Director Tami Uhler utilizes her professional, extensive and valuable connections in the community for the benefit of all participants in Up Pageantry. She and her staff is diligently committed to providing young and mature women the opportunities and experiences to grow and develop a multitude of life skill- sets. My daughter, Emily DeMure was honored to serve under Up Pageantry as Miss Placer County 2017. Additionally, she was nominated and supported by Tami winning the title Global Beauty Awards, Best Athlete 2018. Emily says she "not only made new friends, she discovered a new family”. Thank you Up Pageantry for the rewarding memories.

~Melanie DeMure, Mrs. Idaho International 2009;  Mrs. California United States 2006

Ever since I first spoke to you, I knew that you were going to be a funny, supportive, and caring person. Thank you for everything.  You have also helped me and taught me things that I didn’t know how to do.  You are so kind and you are the perfect person to be a pageant instructor.  Thank you for such an amazing experience and making this my happy place. You are an amazing person and if I don’t win the title this year, I will come back and learn more. This has been an amazing experience and I would like to thank you for helping me find a passion for something that I would have never done without a push.  Thank you for everything,

2017 Contestant

Being part of Up pageantry has taught me so many valuable life lessons. Up has provided me with opportunities to go out in the community and participate/ be involved with Placer County! It has also provided me with a family. Everyone works hard to make rehearsals fun and efficient. You learn how to walk, sit, speak, and present yourself with confidence. Tami has especially made me feel welcome to the program by going above and beyond to make sure I was comfortable. I remember talking on the phone asking hundreds of questions that she was more than welcome to answer. Additionally, It was great to have access to all the materials I could possibly need in order to feel prepared for pageant night. Up pageantry is the only program I can think of that gives out sample questions to its contestants. Up even held a resume workshop for interview purposes to help young women in the professional world. I've loved Up; would highly recommend as an option for young women interested in pageantry!

~Emily Demure, Miss Colorado USA 2020,  Miss Placer County 2017

Thank you Tami, Rachel, Gail, Kirk and Up Pageantry: I want you all to know that this has been such a great experience for my daughter. We had no clue what we were getting into, had heard rumors, stories, etc.  I am so thankful for the time, patience, and follow through Tami spent with me and my daughter.  I have been a little overwhelmed at sometimes due to this being our first pageant experience we have had but all of you have gone above and beyond to make sure we were clear on things and answer questions. Tami your patience is unbelievable!! Thank you to everyone for making this a truly memorable experience!

~Kristi S.

This was my first pageant with this group and it was so exiting.  All the girls are so kind and welcoming and fun to hang out with. The appearances we make were so cool and fun to be at. The pageant itself is very transparent. I love how they let you see your score so you know where you can improve.

~Jr. competitor 2017


Starting pageants at age seven and now continuing into my adult years, I have never come across a pageant system as wonderful as Up Pageantry. The staff and director Tami Uhler run an amazing program. Up Pageantry is transparent, honest, and the staff is kind and encouraging. I have never experienced a pageant staff as dedicated as Tami Uhler and her staff. They not only coach us on walking, they also teach us valuable interview skills as well.  Also, the women that I have met here are so kind and encouraging. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to run for Ms. Placer County 2018. I strongly recommend any young lady to join this pageant family! It’s loving, encouraging and supportive. In my opinion Up Pageantry is the premier pageant system in all of Placer County!

~Sarah Sims, Ms. Placer County 2018, Miss Placer County 2014


UP Pageantry is truly one in a million. Two years ago, I decided to enter in UP Pageantry’s annual Placer Country Pageant. It was one of the best experiences in my entire life and opened so many opportunities for me, including competing and winning at both the state and national level- all from the skill set and practice that UP instilled in me. I love this pageant so much that I decided to come back this year as part of the staff team. I’ve learned how devoted this team really is and that the motivation for EVERYTHING they do is to create a memorable and life-changing experiences. It was amazing to see the progress each and every girl, of any age, made, and it was eye-opening to know that the work I was doing was really making a difference in someone’s life. The experience you get when competing under UP Pageantry is one that you won’t find anywhere else. I know this team has transformed my life in countless ways and I hope many more people get to have the same experience that I have had. If you’re looking to enter pageantry, to try something new, or simply to just have a great time, this is the place for you. 

-Amaya Gregory, Miss Teen California Legacy 2017, Miss Teen Legacy U.S. 2017, Miss Teen Placer County 2016

This was my first pageant and boy, do I wish I would’ve done this years ago because it’s been one of the best experiences of my life.  I found the most amazing, talented, funny, and beautiful (inside and out) group of girls.  They were so welcoming with open arms, and I very quickly found a fantastic group of friends.  Even quicker than that I was accepted into this ever-loving family that supports each other, share smiles, and laughter, and creates like a sisterhood.  I feel so blessed to have stumbled upon this and will forever cherish all that I’ve learned here, everything that I have experienced, and all the phenomenal people that I have had the pleasure of meeting.  All of this and so much more created the perfect first pageant and I am forever grateful crowned or not, to being the proud, confident woman that I’ve become.  Once again, thank YOU soooo much for an amazing first pageant and electing me for the Spirit Award! I'm so blessed to have met you and everyone else, it was definitely a life-changing experience :) Even my mom thought it was one of the most professional and beautifully put together stage productions she's ever seen! I absolutely cannot wait until the next opportunity, you bet I'll be there next year! ; -). Thank you with all my heart, Tami and Up!

~Claudia S.

Thank you so much for everything. The 2017 pageant has been such a great experience for (our daughter). She has gained confidence and some life skills that she can carry on throughout her teenage and adult experience.  Everyone involved has been incredibly supportive. Thank you again !

The McThorn Family

What an absolutely amazing opportunity it has been to be a part of up pageantry event ! The time and energy the staff has put into this event is incredible. Everyone becomes part of the family.  Whether it’s your first time to participate or you have been doing it for years, everyone is here to help you. Much love and appreciation for the staff.  Thank you for blessing us.

~Laurie M.

We want to convey a heartfelt thank you for welcoming (our daughter) into your pageant family. We are now all of your biggest fans and consider you exemplary examples of people who have the hearts to give back so selflessly to our youth and community.


Thank you so much for putting this pageant together every year.  This pageant has been such an amazing experience and I will definitely be returning. I really appreciate all the hard work, dedication, time, and effort you put into this.

Jr. contestant 2017

I have read up about your organization on your website and really believe and agree on your mission, vision, and values for your pageant. Such a breath of fresh air compared to other pageants. I wish they were all like yours.


As a first time judge, I was completely surprised by how rewarding the experience was.  All of the girls were so impressive. They were composed, intelligent, talented, ambitious, articulate, and genuinely concerned for others and the world around them.  The Miss Placer County pageant provides an exceptional opportunity for young people to develop and build invaluable life skills – which will serve them well, no matter what path they choose.

~Peggy Jett

Being a former high school football coach I had no idea what being asked to judge a beauty pageant would be like. No slobbering, hitting and huddles. How can I judge this? All that I knew is that if Tami Uhler and her husband Kirk were involved it was going to be top notch. I am happy to report that the young ladies and the Uhlers did not disappoint. I learned what goes on behind the scenes and how hard these girls work to compete. From the difficult interview process, to the character building lessons, the posing, the dances and most of all the lifelong friendships these young ladies pushed through during the difficult judging phase - IT WAS AMAZING! I would highly recommend this pageant to anyone who wants their young lady to grow their professional portfolio while learning leadership, employment skills, friendship skills, poise and pride. I am so grateful I had the honor to be a judge. These young ladies taught me something and proved to me you’re never too old to learn! Thank you Tami for the experience and great job!

~ Mark “Coach” Soto, Founder of The Honor Group, MPC Judge 2015

Congratulations on a job well done!! That was probably the smoothest pageant I have ever been associated with.  On behalf of the fair association, I want to thank you for your professionalism, expertise, organization, and presentation.  I feel you produced just the type of pageant the board and the public was looking for…(we) definitely would request you to return and produce the 2016 Miss Placer County Pageant.  Thank you so much for helping us make this one of the best fairs in years.

~Greg Hegwer, General Manager Placer County Fair (ret.)

The journey that you provide these girls is unlike any other pageant we’ve been to. Kudos to Up Pageantry for providing such a welcoming, supportive and caring pageant system. Let’s break the stereotype of pageants and help showcase strong, confident women and future leaders of our community.  This was not only a win for this year’s royalty, but a win for Up Pageantry.

~Mom of a 2016 queen

Both of our daughters participated in the Miss Placer County Pageant (Teen and Jr.) and it was an amazing experience. The coaching was very helpful for both girls. It was a very constructive and positive environment. From the first practice to the last, both of my daughters had so much confidence and poise. They also have refined interview skills and a great resume with the help of the coaching team, as well as proper communication skills. Another wonderful part of this experience is the friendships the girls have built that will last a lifetime. I am so thankful for this experience for both of my girls! Sincerely,

~Jessica J.

Going into my first pageant, the only expectation I had was stereotypes & Toddlers & Tiaras. However, this pageant has completely changed my opinion.  I can truly say that pageantry is one of the most fun things I’ve ever done.  I’ve met so many AMAZING friends and have learned so much-especially about myself. Not only have I stepped out of my comfort zone, I’ve gained so much confidence along the way.  If I could give any advice, it would be to try this pageant and don’t let stereotypes or crazy TV shows keep you from trying something new. It has been and amazing adventure-you’ll LOVE it!

~Amaya G.

What a wonderful organization to be part of! Tami runs this pageant with the utmost of class. She creates a warm and enriching environment that provides an opportunity for young girls and ladies to learn, grow, and reach goals they never thought possible. Thank you Tami for bringing such a wonderful program back into the world of pageantry! 

~Andrea Jenkins-O'Donnell,  Miss Placer County 1991.

Up Pageantry has been an amazing experience.  I have been in lots of pageants and there is something different about this pageant. The girls and directors are all so kind and welcoming, and make you feel amazing about yourself.  I love all the tools this pageant has given me for success and without a doubt I highly recommend it for any girl.

~Katarina A.

I just wanted to let you know you did a great job in putting together a gorgeous pageant. I was impressed by all the details and overall production.  Thank you for inviting (my daughters). I’m glad they were able to watch the pageant from beginning to end.

~ Billie I.

You are amazing and what a role model for young women in our county. I am so proud of you for taking on this endeavor…Congratulations on the opportunity to present a wonderful inspiring, and excellent program.

~Suzanne G.

I had a blast! Thank you for this experience! I'm definitely going to come out next year ♡ 

~Stef V.

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