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Tickets on sale for 75th Annual Miss Florida Pageant

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Tickets are now on sale for the 75th Annual Miss Florida Pageant to be held July 7 to 10 at St. Petersburg’s beautiful Progress Energy Center for the Arts’ Mahaffey  Theater. Preliminary pageants are July 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., with the Miss Florida Pageant on Saturday, July 10, at 10 p.m. Tickets are available at www.mahaffeytheater.com.

The Miss Florida Pageant, with the winner going on to the Miss America Competition, will also be telecast LIVE on CBS affiliate WTSP in the Tampa Bay Market, 10 Connects, 7 to 9 p.m. on July 10, with the addition of Frontline Homeowners Insurance as the new title sponsor.

Mary Sullivan, executive director of the Miss Florida Pageant, said, “We are very pleased to announce the new partnership between the Miss Florida Pageant and Frontline Homeowners Insurance. The partnership will make a high definition telecast available of the 75th Anniversary Show.”

The 2010 Miss Florida Pageant sponsored by Frontline Homeowners Insurance will be hosted by Lissette Gonzalez and Ericka Dunlap.  Lissette, a former Miss Florida and 2nd runner-up in the Miss America competition, is now a weather anchor at CBS WFOR 4 Miami. Ericka, a former Miss Florida and Miss America 2004, was a top 3 finalist on Amazing Race in 2009.

This year, 46 young women from throughout the state will be competing for the title and the opportunity to represent the Sunshine State at the Miss America Pageant.

Tickets can also be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, online, or at the box office of the Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, in St. Petersburg.

For further information, contact: Mary Sullivan, 305-975-7076 or Rob Loy, 813-503-8691.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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