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County, city, CVB reach deal with pageant

June 18, 2007

Tickets are on sale for the Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant.

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, June 30, when the new Miss Maryland will be crowned. Tickets can be purchased by calling 301-790-2000, or online at www.mdtheatre.org.

The annual event has been held at The Maryland Theatre for more than 25 years, and this year the City of Hagers-town, Washington County and the Convention and Visitors Bureau have joined 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 long-standing 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 to provide financial sponsorship, the weeklong use of the contestants' bus and assisting with costs for the host hotel, the Four Points Sheraton.

Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II 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."

"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," said Sherry Rush, executive director of the Miss Maryland Organization. "We are grateful for the support of the City of Hagerstown and Washington County. The long-standing 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 The Maryland Theatre officials to secure keeping the pageants in Hagerstown.

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

John F. 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.

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