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After years on the Las Vegas strip, Miss America returns home to Atlantic City

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Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 8:30 am | Updated: 6:14 pm, Wed Mar 20, 2013.

Miss America is on her way back home – to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

The pageant was always a mainstay in Atlantic City until it was moved to Las Vegas in 2006.

After eight years of crowning a new Miss America on the Strip, the pageant returns to where it was born, more than 90 years ago.

According to the Press of Atlantic City, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno announced that Miss America will return for a three-year run televised on ABC and at located at Boardwalk Hall - the pageant's birth place - and that financial terms are not yet set.

The event is set to take place Sept. 15 and a parade is expected to precede the pageant.

The pageant originally left for the bigger adult playground over financial issues.  Years of declining viewership forced ABC to cut the program from its network when it couldn’t get the budget from Atlantic City.

The program only went back to ABC in January 2013, but was only contracted for this year’s pageant. The Miss America Organization's contract with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Planet Hollywood expired this year, according to The Press.

A return to the East Coast is exactly what Atlantic City needs after Hurricane Sandy tore through the Jersey Shore.

The Miss America pageant began as little more than a bathing suit revue, but turned into the giant showcase it is today and is one of the country’s largest scholarship programs available. But competition only gets tighter each year.

According to its website, “Miss America represents the highest ideals. She is a real combination of beauty, grace, and intelligence, artistic and refined. She is a type which the American Girl might well emulate."

It also requires you to look like a supermodel in a bathing suit.

After a surge of reality shows hit the airwaves, women in bathing suits – or not in them – wasn’t hard to find anymore, which may have led to the decline in viewers.


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