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ICYMI: Columbus will host the 75th Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition

COLUMBUS,Ga(WRBL) - The annual Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition will be back for its 75th year in Columbus. Mayor Skip Henderson alongside other officials on Saturday addressed how important it is for Columbus to continue hosting the Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition.

"We've been the home for this competition for 74 years and to celebrate the 75th anniversary and that milestone is just something that we don't take for granted," Henderson said. 

President/CEO of the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, Peter Bowden, says this competition is expected to bring a lot of traffic to Columbus. 

"It is a little over a quarter of a million dollars for the city as far as an economic impact and what that means is people obviously using the facility, staying in hotels eating in restaurants, the other services that the contestants as well as their family and fans when they descend on Columbus they will generate a lot of activity," Bowden said.

Not only does it have a huge economic impact, but this Scholarship Competition also holds a huge place in this city's history.

"It had spent many years hopping around the community in some local high school auditoriums and some other venues. It did end up at the infamous Three Arts Theater and for those of you who kind of don't have the history of Columbus, this facility actually replaced the Three Arts Theater,"  said Norman Easterbrook, executive director of the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

The young women of Columbus competing say they are looking forward to their family and friends seeing them on stage at the RiverCenter.

"Well this is home for me, so I'm so excited that we're able to bring the Scholarship Competition to Columbus and increase our economic growth and build the community through this organization and I'm excited that everyone was able to work together and keep the tradition alive," Grace Hendry said, Miss Flint RIver.

Henderson and officials say aside from where the scholarship competition is held they want to be able to provide a worthwhile experience for the candidates.

The pageant will be held June 13-15 at the RiverCenter.


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