Miss’d America Pageant in AC celebrates its 30th

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The new Miss'd America 2019, Adriana Trenta
Miss'd America 2019, Adriana Trenta , performs at Borgata.

30th Anniversary Pageant will be held at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Miss’d America LLC announced that the 30th Miss’d America Pageant will return to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. This year’s pageant will take place on Saturday, October 23, at 8 pm. in Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena.

Contestants competing for the title of Miss’d America 2022 will be judged in the categories of swimsuit, talent, and evening gown and must complete a Judges’ interview. Along with the crown and sash, Miss’d America will receive $5,000.00 in cash and must be available for multiple appearances throughout her reigning year. First runner-up will receive $2,500 and second runner-up will receive $1,500.

The evening features lavish set design, incredible numbers, a “Queens” night at the opera theme led by the reigning Miss’d America 2020-2021 Sapphira Cristal, along with returning host Carson Kressley and a special performance by Grammy award winner Thelma Houston.

A portion of the proceeds from the 2021 Miss’d America Pageant will be distributed to various LGBTQ supportive charities. Since its inception, the pageant has donated over $450,000 to multiple organizations.

“We are excited to host the 2021 Miss’d America Pageant in Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena,” said Michael Woodside, Vice President of Entertainment & Marketing Services at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. “Miss’d America has become an iconic event in the LGBTQ community, drawing thousands of regional visitors to Atlantic City, and we are proud to support the event and its charitable efforts.”

“We are so thrilled to return to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with a bigger and better event,” said Gary Hill of Miss’d America. “We are excited to bring the glamour of a pageant back to the Boardwalk and can’t wait to welcome more people than ever to our incredible event.”

The Miss’d America Pageant started in 1994 at a local Atlantic City club and was created as a spoof of the world-famous Miss America Pageant to raise funds for a local charity. It took place annually on the night after that famous beauty pageant, the joke being that the drag performers ‘missed’ getting into the real pageant at Boardwalk Hall. It ended in 2005 and was absent from Atlantic City for nearly five years, before making its triumphant return on January 31, 2010 and has grown larger and more spectacular every year since.

Miss’d America strives to support and celebrate all LGBTQIA+ people and are committed to affirming the identity of every member of this family.

Tickets are on sale now and are priced at $25, $45, or $75. Purchases can be made by visiting Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City’s website or by visiting Ticketmaster.

VIP tickets are also available for purchase at $100 per ticket, which includes one complimentary drink and admission to an exclusive post pageant meet and greet reception. A “Diamond Tiara” table for eight is also available for $1,000, which includes bottle service, a complimentary bottle of champagne and admission into the post pageant meet and greet reception. VIP and Diamond Tiara purchases are available by calling the group sales office at 609-449-6037.