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Miss Florida Pageant Week kicks off in hollywood

Jun '08
Miss Florida USA pageant contestants from all over the state of Florida will soon gather to compete for the coveted title.

The 50 finalists, from over 10,000 applicants, will descend on the city of Hollywood during the week of July 8-12, 2008 to vie for the Miss Florida USA 2009 crown.

The Pageant Finals will be broadcast around the state and overseas in a live two hour show on the evening of Saturday, July 12, 2008.

More than 2.5 million viewers are expected to tune in to watch Jessica Rafalowski, Miss Florida USA 2008, crown her successor.

Miss Florida USA is one of the first pageants to go "hi-tech." Fans are kept up to date with pageant events via video blogs on "The Miss Florida USA Channel". Channel visitors can view daily activities as well as pre-pageant interviews of the contestants.

The Miss Florida USA Pageant is a statewide tradition that highlights the outstanding young women of the Sunshine State. The accomplished contestants are finalists in their local preliminary pageant competitions.

Entering its 58th year of competition and 29th year of broadcast, the pageant will feature week-long events culminating with the crowning of Miss Florida USA 2009 on Saturday, July 12, 2008 at Broward Community College's Bailey Hall.

The Pageant is open to the public and will take place at Bailey Hall, located on the campus of Broward Community College, 3501 Southwest Davie Road in Dania.

Tickets to the Pageant as well as Friday's Preliminary Competition are available by contacting the Bailey Hall Box office at 954-201-6884 and cost $64.50 for the preliminaries (on Friday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m.) and $75.00 for the finals (on Saturday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m.).

The 2009 Miss Florida USA Pageant is brought to you by The City of Hollywood "The Diamond of The Gold Coast," The Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, The Hollywood Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Broward Community College.

The Miss Florida USA Pageant is produced by Tel-Air Interests. Tel-Air's involvement with Miss Florida USA began in 1979 with the live television production of Miss Florida USA and has been a television staple ever since.

Under the leadership of Pageant Director Mary Lou Gravitt, Miss Florida USA is regarded as the premier state pageant in the Miss USA System.

The Miss Florida USA Pageant

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