The Ventura County Spelling Bee, a 52 year local tradition, will continue now that SAGE Publishing has officially become its new sponsor. The Ventura County Office of Education helped with the search for a new Spelling Bee sponsor once it was known that the Ventura County Star would no longer be sponsoring the event. The 2018 competition, now titled The SAGE Ventura County Spelling Bee, will take place on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 at California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI). The winner will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. held from May 31- June 1, 2018. Additional information is available in a news release from SAGE Publishing.