‘Beauty’ pageant coming soon

Published 8:10 pm Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Beauty pageant: Contestants in last year’s Womanless Beauty Pageant compete for laughs, money and the title of “Ms. Relay for Life.” This year’s pageant is coming up on Feb. 5.

Womanless show benefits cancer research

A well-loved Suffolk beauty pageant is coming up, so it’s time for the contestants to break out their high heels, dresses and makeup.

As for their wives and other attendees, all that’s needed is a ticket and a sense of humor.

The Nansemond River Pilot Club’s 11th annual Womanless Beauty Pageant returns on Feb. 5. The pageant committee has lined up a slate of well-known men in the community to put on women’s clothing and compete in casual wear, evening wear, talent and interview segments of the pageant.

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Tickets are $20 and will not be sold at the door. All of the proceeds — including from a silent auction and 50/50 raffle at the event — will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

“It’s for a great cause,” said Susan Blair, the chair of this year’s event. “These men take time out of their busy schedules to dress up as women.”

Blair couldn’t reveal the contestants yet, but some participants from past years will be making a return in other capacities this year. Dave Parker will once again be the master of ceremonies. Joe Alvarez, Blair’s husband and a four-time participant, will be one of the judges this year. And perennial Relay for Life volunteer Ray Bennett will provide special music.

The competition is in its 11th year, so the theme will be “The Next Generation of Beauties and Cures.”

A few changes have been made to the show, Blair said. Talent presentations now will be limited to three minutes, and contestants will be instructed to keep the contest “G-rated.”

“The judges have the authority to disqualify them” if they behave badly, Blair said.

Blair said people should come to the event because it’s a good time and because money raised benefits cancer research.

“Cancer really isn’t a death sentence like it used to be,” Blair said. “I think a lot of people can see that. The prognosis now is so much better than it was 20 or 30 years ago.”

The event will be held at the Suffolk National Guard Armory, 2761 Godwin Blvd., Feb. 5. Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner by Roy’s and Ricky’s Catering will begin at 6:30 p.m. The pageant will begin around 7 p.m.

Tickets are $20 each. To purchase tickets, call 539-9988 and ask for Becky.