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Elgin Volunteer Fire Department boasts beauties

By Laura Caskey

On the night of Aug. 25, one man took home the title of Miss Elgin.

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Yes, you read that correctly.

To raise money for Elgin Volunteer Fire Department projects and necessities, the department’s volunteer firefighters held a womanless beauty pageant at St. Luke Methodist Church, 128 Providence Road.

The pageant, which was organized by the fire department auxiliary, featured a spaghetti dinner in addition to the pageant.

“Amanda Carnes, one of our auxiliary members, came up with the idea back in May,” said Peggy White, wife of fire chief Randy White.

For one night, 16 men, all volunteers at EVFD, donned dresses, pantyhose and wigs to compete for the title of Miss Elgin.

“We were asked to do this pageant by the ladies in the auxiliary,” said Jamie Dutton, contestant. “They do a lot for us, so if dressing up like a woman for one night keeps us fed for the rest of the year, we’ll gladly do it.”
The contest featured a catwalk-type parade to a song picked by the contestant (contestant No. 21 “Cinderfella” (Kevin Hudson), charmed the crowd with Katy Perry’s “Firework”), an interview Q&A portion, a group performance of “The Cupid Shuffle” and a presentation from the children, siblings and grandchildren of the participating firefighters to “Little Red Wagon” by Christian artist J.C. Ward.

The event was hosted by contestant No. 3 “Busty Bobby Z” (Bobby Hudson) who thanked the (real) women members of the auxiliary for organizing the event.

“The women did a great job preparing the food, setting up, decorating and getting us all dressed,” Hudson said in his closing remarks to the audience. “The only thing we had to do was pick out our songs. They did everything else.”

The audience served as judges for the contest, casting votes for their top-three contestants in a ballot-style vote.
Out of the 16 contestants, the beauties were narrowed down to contestant No. 1, “Sassy Samantha” (Randy White); contestant No. 2, “Pretty Woman” (Brad Carnes) and contestant No. 16, “Ginger Snap” (Jeff Oswald).
After the votes were tallied, Ginger Snap won the coveted title of Miss Elgin, with Sassy Samantha as first runner-up.

“Winning this took a lot of hard work and dedication. I’d like to thank my dress designer and makeup artist,” Ginger Snap said after receiving her crown, “I’m just speechless. I hope I am able to uphold my crown.”
The event attracted more than 200 people, bringing in much-needed money for the fire department.
Tickets were sold by the volunteers and Williams Flooring in Lancaster.

“It was very successful,” Peggy White said, “We sold about 221 tickets to the pageant.”

The womanless beauty pageant was the fire department’s first, and is just one of the upcoming events for the EVFD.

The EVFD’s next fundraiser will be the Elgin BBQ on Nov. 9-10 at the fire department located at 114 Tram Road in the Elgin community.

Proceeds from both events are sponsoring ongoing projects as well as much-needed amenities like water supplies, a new refrigerator and a flagpole.

The Elgin Volunteer Fire Department can be contacted at (803) 286-4489.

Contact reporter Laura Caskey at 283-1158.