Every single year there are rumors that Miss Ohio is moving to Zanesville. EVERY year! Zanesville has supported a few very successful local pageants and is where former Miss Ohio state E.D and current producer, John Kunkle, runs a theatre, thus all the performers from Zanesville year after year. So, it's not an absurd rumor, but it's never been substantiated... Until today! The following was written by Lou Whitmire and ran in the Mansfield News Journal:
Steven Oliveri, president of the Miss Ohio Board of Trustees, today said the City of Zanesville is among Zanesville entities that have made a written proposal to the Miss Ohio board to host the program in there.
“They are pitching us,” he said.
Oliveri said a decision could be made by the board as early as Oct. 13, its next scheduled board meeting.
The scholarship program is held in June each year at the Renaissance Theatre. It has been held in Mansfield 36 years.
Lee Tasseff, director of the Mansfield-Richland County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said a meeting has been scheduled Friday with Mansfield local officials and supporters.
“It’s not a matter of public dollars. It’s a matter of private dollars. Part of the plan would be to call for people, supporters in the past, who would like to keep the program in Mansfield.
Tasseff said he asked that Mansfield be given a chance to counter whatever Zanesville pitches.
See Wednesday’s print and online editions for more on this story.
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