Zanesville new home for state pageant
Executive director excited about moving headquarters
By Holly Richards
ZANESVILLE - With the definite prospect of an economic boost, Vicki LeVeck is excited to bring the state pageant headquarters to the Y City.
LeVeck, who serves as the executive director of the Muskingum County Convention Facilities Authority and Miss Southeastern Ohio Scholarship Program, will also wear the hat of executive director and owner of the Ohio International Pageant System.
Earlier this month, she officially acquired the Miss Ohio, Mrs. Ohio and Teen Ohio International franchises, which could lead to a major boost in tourism and business.
"This will create an incredible spike in the local economy," LeVeck said. "In addition to the three divisions of the state competition, the competitors' friends, families and fans will be staying in our hotels, buying gas at our gas stations, shopping at our retailers and attending events like this that we've been looking to bring to Zanesville."
She said she will bring these three competitions to Zanesville as early as March, and will be marketing throughout the state.
While experimenting with these responsibilities, LeVeck said she still plans to head up the annual Miss SEO competition.
"...this year, we will offer the new Miss SEO an opportunity to go on to Miss Ohio International, and we will waive the entry fees."
LeVeck said Zanesville seemed to be the perfect fit for the headquarters, which has been located in Toledo since 1991.
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The reigning titleholders are Mrs. Ohio International, Kecia Pringle of Cincinnati, Miss Ohio International, Britany Jordan of Columbus and Miss Teen Ohio International, Alexandra Desantis of Cincinnati. I'm sure they're all excited about a shorter drive to give up their crowns! :)