Men enter local beauty pageant

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Eight Waitaki Valley men will get in touch with their feminine side when they take part in the Miss Waitaki Beauty Pageant on August 2.

The pageant, to be held at the Kurow Memorial Hall, is a fundraiser for the refurbishment of the Kurow Community Library.

Miss Waitaki Valley organiser Odelle Hawkins said the night would be one to remember.

“It’s not every day that you have guys showing off their feminine side and it’s for a fantastic cause so the evening should be a lot of fun.”

All the contestants on the night have stage names. They are: Miss Ricoh Amanda Reckonwith, Miss Campbells Butchery Cindy Hotdog, Miss Heliventures Helga McFly, Miss Farmlands Glenda Bender, Miss Pasquale Madam Fullbody, Miss North Otago Hotel Vaitress Ontapp, Miss Lone Star Ivana Humpalot and Miss Gary Hawkings Earth Moving Sheneeda Digger.

All contestants take part in dances, then they must come out in their evening wear.

Mrs Hawkins said ‘the gals’ had been practising hard for the event.

“There’s been a lot of practice going into their routines so it should quite good viewing.”

All money raised from the night will go towards a library makeover.

“Obviously we want to raise as much as we can, and I don’t want to put a figure on it, but anything would be fantastic to help kick off the fundraising for the library,” she said.

On the night, there will also be plenty of raffles and an auction for people to take part in.

Mrs Hawkins said a lot of work had gone into making sure the event ran smoothly.

“It’s involved a bit of work to get everything up and running, and I can’t wait to see them take to the stage,” she said.

Ticket sales have gone incredibly well, with the event selling out more than a week ago.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY