Miss America pageant returns to Atlantic City
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (AP) - There she is, Miss America, headed back to Atlantic City.
The Miss America pageant, a staple in Atlantic City for decades before it was moved to Las Vegas in 2006, is making a return, Governor Chris Christie's spokesman Michael Drewniak confirmed on Wednesday. Lieutenant-Governor Kim Guadagno was scheduled to make a formal announcement on Thursday at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall.
The Miss America pageant started as little more than a bathing suit revue. It broke viewership records in its heyday and bills itself as one of the world's largest scholarship programmes for women. But, like other pageants, it has struggled to stay relevant as national attitudes regarding women's rights have changed.
The news of the pageant's return to Atlantic City came as a surprise to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which sponsored the pageant on the Las Vegas Strip in January, spokesman Courtney Fitzgerald said in a telephone interview. In a subsequent statement, she said the tourism organisation wished the pageant well in its new home.