Springfield to host Miss Ohio USA and Miss Ohio Teen USA pageants

Good news for Springfield and anyone who is thinking about entering a pageant.

Springfield will be the new home of the Miss Ohio USA and Miss Ohio Teen USA pageants in 2016, the Springfield News-Sun reports.

The event could have about a $500,000 local economic impact, said Chris Schutte, director of marketing and the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

The event will take place at the Clark State Community College Performing Arts Center next year. It will include three segments, including an evening gown and swimsuit competition, as well as an interview.

The competition is already accepting applications for next year, according to information from event organizers. Women must be between 13 and 26 years old, have never been married or have children and must be an Ohio and U.S. resident. Hopefuls can apply at www.missohiousa.com.