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Dates


February 28 - March 2, 2014 – Miss South Carolina/Miss South Carolina Teen Workshop Weekend
March 2, 2014 – Queen For A Day Marketplace
June 21 - 28, 2014 – 2013 Miss South Carolina/Miss South Carolina Teen Competition Week

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Location


The Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen Pageants are held in Columbia, South Carolina.

Why Columbia? The answer can be given with only three words…location, location, location. Columbia is a vibrant, progressive community, a capital city and the center for arts, culture, museums, southern hospitality and more.

Only 10 cities in America have three major Interstates transecting their metropolitan areas and Columbia is one of them. Columbia is served by I-20, I-26 and I-77 and is within 90 miles of I-85 and I-95, making travel to the city simple from every location. Once pageant goers are in town, they will not encounter any gridlock that plagues other metropolitan destinations and can easily get from one area of town to the other in less than 15 minutes.

Hundreds of pre- and post-pageant activities are available in Columbia. Attendees can find just the sort of day they are looking for – nostalgic, green, artistic or adventurous.

Nostalgic – A journey to the past begins at the South Carolina State House, a historic building with a Civil War past, notable monuments and a gallery with portraits of country leaders such as Robert E. Lee, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Spend a historic afternoon at one of Columbia’s fascinating museums. The South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum guides visitors through South Carolina’s distinguished martial heritage, from the Revolutionary War to the present. Take a walk in the steps of an enslaved Charlestonian midwife, the architect of the Washington Monument or among the wealthy in Civil War times on Historic Columbia’s House Museum Tours. Top the day off with a real South Carolina barbeque dinner filled with local flavors of sweet tea, barbeque and delicious peach cobbler.

Green – Verdant forests surround Columbia. Explore natural wonders with a hike through Sesquicentennial State Park, Saluda Shoals Park or Congaree National Park. Embark on a wildlife tour of the world with a trip to the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. An excellent afternoon of greenery can be found at the State Farmers Market or The Farmers Shed. Savor the fruits, flowers and trees growing year-round. Take a daytime boat tour of Lake Murray’s innumerable coves and islands.

Artistic – Columbia’s cultural scene beckons visitors’ artistic sides. Gaze at the work of international artists from ancient Rome and Greece to Impressionists and modern-day America masters at the Columbia Museum of Art. Spend an evening with a stunning music, dance or theatrical performance by Columbia’s renowned talent. The Columbia City Ballet is the city’s largest performing arts organization. Columbia offers an eclectic array of options for live music. Enjoy a down-home bluegrass band, the soothing vocals of their choral group, the Palmetto Mastersingers or a stirring performance by the South Carolina Philharmonic orchestra. Columbia is also home to a vibrant theatrical scene including the South Carolina Shakespeare Company.

Adventurous – Choose a Columbia adventure. Outdoor escapes, heart-pounding athletic games and nightlife hot spots are just a few of the exciting ones available. Spend the morning experiencing the rush of Columbia’s rivers with kayaking or canoeing trips down the Congaree, Broad and Saluda, which all flow through the downtown area. University of South Carolina Gamecock games are true to their feisty mascot, fighting tooth and nail to win games in a variety of sports. Watch the Columbia Blowfish baseball team heat up the summer season at Capital City Stadium. When the adventure ends, take a break with a Zen-like spa experience in one of Columbia’s many spas. Enjoy a rejuvenating massage or a refreshing facial as you cool down with the night.

In Columbia, the problem won’t be getting bored, it will be choosing from the vast selection of choices the city has to offer. That makes Miss South Carolina more than just a pageant, it makes it a destination.

Facility
The home of the Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen Pageants is the Township Auditorium. For over eighty years, the Township has been Columbia’s “community auditorium.” Thanks to the foresight of Richland County Council, South Carolina’s original “show place” has undergone a significant and historic multi-million dollar renovation which has changed the structure of the building but not the place it has occupied in the hearts and minds of South Carolinians since its grand opening in 1930.

The important renovation project has breathed new life into “our auditorium” for the next century.

Highlights of the renovation include:
• A new expanded atrium lobby
• An upgraded box office in the new glass tower addition
• New concession areas and restrooms
• State-of-the-art sound and lighting
• More easily accessible loading and storage areas
• Upgraded dressing rooms and management offices

The renovations were conceived with three things in mind:
• To preserve and tout its classic external façade, its intimate, cozy atmosphere, superb acoustics and sight line.
• To create a backstage area and stage floor that artists would find accommodating, comfortable and inspiring on which to perform.
• To enhance the level of comfort for patrons while coming in, congregating, being seated and exiting the venue knowing that their entertainment experience was the best ever.

With a seating capacity of 3,114, the auditorium provides a 77-foot wide by 35-foot stage.

Host Hotel
The Embassy Suites - Greystone will serve as our official hotel. The Embassy Suites Columbia-Greystone hotel, offers complimentary parking.

Enjoy a spacious two-room suite with two 32-inch flat-screen TVs, a refrigerator, microwave and wet bar. WiFi is available for a small fee in our hotel suites. Swim in our indoor pool or work out in our modern fitness center. Start every day with our complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast, and enjoy light snacks and beverages at the complimentary Evening Reception*. Dine at the on-site Terrace Restaurant and Lounge, which serves Lowcountry favorites. Use our 24-hour BusinessLink™ Business Center, which includes complimentary WiFi and three PC workstations with printers. Arrange a board meeting or banquet in one of our nine meeting rooms that total 15,000 sq. ft. * Service of alcohol subject to state and local laws. Must be of legal drinking age.

Highlights
• Close to the University of South Carolina and other attractions in Columbia, SC
• Complimentary parking; airport and local shuttle within a 5-mile radius
• 218 suites with microwaves and refrigerators, some of the best lodging Columbia, SC offers
• Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and Evening Reception with drinks* and snacks
• Terrace Restaurant and Lounge; casual dining featuring American cuisine
• Nine flexible meeting rooms totaling 15,000 sq. ft. for business meetings and events

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Tickets


Once available for sale, Tickets are available two ways:

From the Box Office
1703 Taylor Street
Columbia, SC 29201
803-576-2350

The Township Auditorium Box Office Hours are Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm and Saturday 12 Noon - 4pm, if event occurs on Sunday, the box office will open at 12 Noon. On the day of an event the box office will remain open until 1 hour after showtime. For additional box office information call (803) 576-2350, during box office business hours. The Box office only accepts cash, Visa, or MasterCard.
From Ticketmaster
1-800-745-3000 to charge by phone or at Ticketmaster.com or any Ticketmaster Outlet.



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