Womanless crown up for grabs

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 15, 2006

FERRIDAY &8212; The Concordia Parish Sheriff&8217;s Office will present its inaugural &8220;Womanless Beauty Pageant&8221; Thursday to benefit Relay for Life.

The event will take place at 6 p.m. at the Concordia Parish Community Center, 26358 Louisiana 15, Ferriday.

Coordinator Jo Scott said the evening&8217;s fun would include local &8220;celebrities,&8221; attorneys and law enforcement officers competing for the pageant crown.

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&8220;Among some of the competitors are Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copeland, former Ferriday Mayor Glen McGlothin and District Attorney Investigator Johnny Loomis,&8221; Scott said. &8220;It&8217;s going to be hilarious and a lot of fun.&8221;

Scott said contestants would be judged in a talent contest, evening wear competition and a question and answer event.

&8220;The contestants even choreographed a dance routine to perform in front of all that attend,&8221; Scott said.

Copeland said he is happy to participate in the event.

&8220;Well I was really kind of roped into it by Jo and Elizabeth Atkins,&8221; Copeland said with a chuckle. &8220;But I think it&8217;s a tremendous event and anything we can do to enhance the Relay for Life cause we&8217;re glad to do it.&8221;

&8220;Even if it does go well beyond the call of duty,&8221; Copeland said.

Clerk of Court Clyde Ray Webber will serve as master of ceremonies and among the judges will be local Judges Leo Boothe and Kathy Johnson and Sheriff Randy Maxwell.

&8220;It&8217;s for a good cause and it promises to be a very entertaining evening,&8221; Maxwell said. &8220;Just to see Hyram Copeland in a dress ought to be well worth the price of admission.&8221;

McGlothin said Copeland and Loomis better be ready for some competition as he is no stranger to beauty pageants.

&8220;I participated in a womanless wedding a few years back,&8221; McGlothin said. &8220;Thank God I was the groom though.&8221;

&8220;It&8217;s going to be a lot of fun if people don&8217;t mind looking at hairy legs and bellies,&8221; McGlothin said.

McGlothin said the fight against cancer and the cause of Relay for Life is a personal thing for him.

&8220;I&8217;ve lost a grandmother, uncle and an aunt to cancer,&8221; McGlothin said. &8220;I&8217;ve also watched many friends and their bouts with the disease. Anything we can do to help fund money for research and move people&8217;s hearts to do the same, we need to do.&8221;

Sponsors for the event include Comfort Suites of Vidalia, Sonny&8217;s Pizza, Slough Daddy&8217;s Restaurant, J & N Trophies and LaFiesta Restaurant of Natchez.

Tickets for the event are $5 each at the door for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.

Concessions will also be provided for all who attend and the money will go toward Relay for Life, Scott said.