August 7, 2013 at 4:36 pm EST | by Will Owen
The Lodge hosts regional drag pageant
The Lodge, gay news, Washington Blade

The Lodge of Boonsboro, Md. will honor Miss Gay Maryland Araya Sparxx when it hosts the Miss Western Maryland Pageant on Friday, with hosts Ashley Bannks, Stephanie Michaels, and Nicole James. (Washington Blade file photo by Pete Exis)

The Lodge (21614 National Pike, Boonsboro, Md.) hosts this year’s “Miss Western Maryland Pageant: The Great and Wonderful Return to Miss Gay Maryland” Friday from 9-11:30 p.m.

The pageant is affiliated with Gay American Pageants and will be hosted by past Miss Gay Maryland winners, including Ashley Bannks (1996), Stephanie Michaels (1993) and Nicole James (1991).

This year’s “Miss Western Maryland” honors the 2013 “Miss Gay Maryland,” Araya Sparxx, and 2005 “Miss Western Maryland,” Charity Saude.

Admission is $5 before and $8 after 9. For more information and to reserve seats, visit

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