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Tickets on sale now for Miss Maryland Pageant later this month in Hagerstown

June 14, 2007

Tickets are on sale now for the Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant. The annual Miss Maryland Pageant week runs from June 24 through June 30.

The pageant is being held at The Maryland Theatre on Wednesday, June 27 (preliminary competition), Thursday, June 28 (preliminary competition), Friday June 29 (Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen final night), and Saturday night, June 30, when the new Miss Maryland is crowned. Tickets can be purchased by calling 301-790-2000, or online at www.mdtheatre.org.

This annual event has been held at the historic Maryland Theatre for more than 25 years, and this year the City of Hagerstown, Washington County and the Convention and Visitors Bureau have joined together to help host the pageant in Hagerstown.

The City of Hagerstown, the Washington County Board of County Commissioners, and the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau have joined to welcome the Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant to Hagerstown in a longstanding new agreement. A five-year plan was arranged with the board of directors of The Maryland Theatre.

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Organizers of the pageant programs received indirect help through financial commitments from the three groups. The Maryland Theatre is receiving rental fund assistance, and the city has entered into a hosting agreement with the pageant and the theater. The CVB is helping provide financial sponsorship, the weeklong use of the contestants' bus and also assisting with costs for the host hotel, the Sheraton Four Points.

Hagerstown Mayor Bob Bruchey said that keeping the pageant in Hagerstown was important for everyone. "This is a Hagerstown tradition, and we're glad that the city and the county are working together to help keep this important event in our community."

Sherry Rush, executive director of the Miss Maryland Organization, said "We are thrilled to join in this announcement that the Miss Maryland Pageant, will once again be held at the historic Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown. We are grateful for the support of the City of Hagerstown and Washington County. The longstanding support of the Mayor and City Council along with the Washington County Board of County Commissioners helps to support the educational, personal and professional goals of the young women involved in the Miss Maryland Pageant each year. The Miss Maryland Pageant is a great Hagerstown and Washington County tradition, one that we are very proud to continue!"

The Hagerstown City Council recently officially entered into the five-year agreement with Maryland Theatre officials to secure keeping the pageants in Hagerstown. Councilman Lew Metzner has stated that the events are "gems" that should stay in Hagerstown. "I would absolutely support this. "

The City of Hagerstown in hosting the event, entered into the theatre contract which includes lights, sound, air conditioning, ushers and facility insurance and additional items to ensure the pageant's success.

John Barr, president of the county commissioners, said the commissioners unanimously agreed at an open-session meeting to commit to the county's share, from the lodging tax revenues. Earlier this year, Mayor Bruchey and CVB President Tom Riford presented to the county commissioners, where the agreement was formally approved by the commissioners.

The Miss Maryland Pageant's winner continues on to compete at the Miss America Pageant. The Miss America Program is the largest college scholarship program for women in the United States.

"A cooperative group of everyone involved have been working with The Maryland Theatre to help keep the Miss Maryland Pageant in Hagers-town and Washington County and to continue the positive local impact and all the positive publicity," Riford said. "This cooperative agreement also helps a worthy college scholarship program."

The pageant organization holds several meetings, seminars, "send off" activities, and other events in Hagerstown throughout the year.

For more information about The Maryland Theatre, see: www.mdtheatre.org. For information about the City of Hagerstown, see: www.hagerstownmd.org. For information about the Miss Maryland Organization, see: www.missmd.info. For information about Hagerstown-Washington County, see: www.marylandmemories.com.

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