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CASSIE BURNHAM, 7, of Ashtabula will be enjoying a special treat Thursday night after winning tickets to the Hannah Montana concert in Cleveland.

ASHTABULA — An Ashtabula girl will be rocking to the upbeat songs of Hannah Montana Thursday after her family won an essay contest with an Akron-area car dealership.

“My sister (Jill Bowers of Jefferson) was flipping channels and saw a commercial that was so eye-catching, and at the end they advertised a Hannah Montana essay contest,” said Amy Burnham, mother of 7-year-old Hanna Montana fan Cassie Burnham.

The concert is 7 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

“We had to write an essay of 200 words on why she wanted to go to the concert,” Burnham said. In addition to winning two tickets to the show, Cassie’s picture will be placed on a billboard in the Akron area, Burnham said.

The essay detailed some of the challenges the family has faced during the last several years.

“I e-mailed the picture of Cassie,” Burnham said of her first-grader at McKinsey Elementary School.

Cassie has been a Hannah Montana fan for the last several years. The young singer, whose real name is Miley Cyrus, is a Disney Channel regular who is touring the country, singing.

“She goes out in the world like a pop star,” Cassie said of Cyrus. Amy Burnham said Cyrus lives a relatively normal “down to earth” lifestyle the rest of the time.

When asked whether she was excited about the concert, Cassie said, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah,” while jumping 2 to 3 feet in the air.

Bowers will be taking Cassie to the concert since she got the ball rolling by seeing the TV commercial, Burnham said.

Thousands of people were not able to purchase tickets when they went on sale several months ago because they sold out in record fashion on the Internet, many scooped up by brokers. The ticket sale even has drawn the attention of Ohio legislators concerning how the tickets went on sale and why they sold out so quickly.

In another contest, a Texas woman even made up a story about a child’s father having been killed in Iraq to win tickets, according to news-wire service reports.

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