Waitaki ‘beauty’ pageant raises $20,000

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The Miss Waitaki Valley fundraiser was a huge success, says organiser Odelle Hawkins.

The beauty pageant featured a laugh a minute stuff with eight guys leaving behind their farm gear and taking centre stage as females to win the coveted crown of Miss Waitaki Valley.

Contestants had to perform various acts throughout the night, such as doing a choreographed dance, dancing to YMCA and showing off their evening wear, while they also competed in other activities.

Mrs Hawkins was happy with the way the event turned out.

“I’m absolutely stoked with how the whole night ran and it did take a lot of hard work, but we are incredibly proud and thankful to the supporters, and of course the male contestants, who were willing to be a part of the night.”

The beauty pageant was organised to help raise funds for the refurbishment of the Kurow Community Library.

“I’m blown away with how much money we raised,” Mrs Hawkins said. “We aimed for $15,000 and blew that away by raising $20,000.”

There were three winners on the night: Miss Waitaki Valley 2014 – Sheneeda Digga – sponsored by Gary Hawkins Earthmoving, Miss People’s Choice – Cindy Hotdog – sponsored by Campbells Butchery and Miss Congeniality – Ivana Humpalot – sponsored by Lonestar Farms.

“When we first came up with the idea, we never thought it would produce a show like we have. We are so incredibly proud,” Mrs Hawkins said.

DVDs and 2015 calendars are available for purchase from Waitaki Valley School.

“We want to thank 45 South for filming the fantastic night for us.”

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: SARAH ROWLAND PHOTOJOURNALISM

WINNER: The winner of beauty pageant was Miss Waitaki Valley 2014 (Sheneeda Digga), proudly sponsored by Gary Hawkins Earthmoving.