Ladies and… ladies?

Published 8:23 pm Wednesday, March 7, 2007

By By Adrienne McKenzie
Lipstick, curling irons and eveningwear. These are not the typical things associated with men. However, March 10 marks the second annual United Bank Womanless Beauty Pageant at the Atmore Area YMCA &Community Center at 7 p.m. and the men of Atmore are going to be all "dolled up" for a good cause.
Nancy Johnson, assistant vice president at United Bank, said that the participants with the most votes will comprise the top five, and the winner will be chosen by "beauty" alone.
"After choosing the top five, the pageant will be judged by beauty," Johnson said. "There will be the Queen, First runner-up, Second runner-up, Most Spirited, Miss Physical Fitness, Best Body and Miss Congeniality."
There will be three judges who will choose the winners of these categories.
Guests can cast their votes by paying one dollar for their favorite beauty, and are permitted to vote for anybody as many times as they wish. Also, if you prefer to vote early, your vote can be dropped off at the United Bank. All of the money raised will go to the American Cancer Society.
Johnson is hopeful that there will be a great turnout.
"We hope we pack the house," she said.
Deborah Camp said that last year's turnout was magnificent and she believes more will gather this year.
"We had about 200 people there last year," she said. "I bet there will be more than that this year."
Both Johnson and Camp agreed that last year's event was a blast.
"It was a lot of fun last year," Johnson said. "It was good. The guys really enjoyed it, too."
"Last year the crowd didn't want to miss a minute of it," Camp said.
Any man who is interested in participating in the beauty pageant can sign up until March 9, and as of Friday there were 10 men already signed up: Karl Robinson, Mal McGhee, Gregg Akins, Tray Smith, Louie Turner, Joel Lambert, Tony Tilton, Alex Jones, Matthew Nascone and Justin Hall.
The participants are thrilled about the event and are ready to show off their skills as women.
Akins believes that the pageant is going to be a great opportunity for a good time.
"I think it's going to be a lot of fun," Akins said. "I am looking forward to having a good time and cutting up. I am representing three different schools with my cheerleader uniform."
Jones is proud of the reasoning behind the pageant and said that his charm is what will win over the judges.
"It's an excellent opportunity to support an outstanding cause," Jones said. "I will overwhelm them with my charm."
Robinson believes the pageant will be entertaining and knows that the only way to win the judges hearts is to stand out from the other contestants.
"I think it is going to be a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to doing it." Robinson said. "I am trying to come up with good costumes and am preparing myself to be ready for anything. I am ready to stand out."
Nascone thinks the pageant will be a fascinating approach into seeing how women live.
"It will be interesting to see how the other side lives," Nascone said. "I think it will be a fun night of acting silly."
The Queen will receive a dozen roses, a tiara and bragging rights as the most beautiful "woman" in town. However, the true winner will be the American Cancer Society so it is important to come and vote for the beauties of Atmore to raise as much money as possible for this foundation.
For more information on the Womanless Beauty Pageant, please contact United Bank at 446-6000.

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