It was not an evening of pomp and circumstance at Blanco High School. Instead, the audience of the hilarious Mr./Miss Blanco Pageant enjoyed a full evening’s entertainment of farce and outrageousness as the participants of the fake “beauty pageant” poked good natured fun at each other and themselves.
“What fun it was!” said Steve Tamez, the evening’s emcee, (who did an outstanding job according to spectators Sarah and Jimmy Connell). “The boys that participated were such good sports. If you did not get to go to the Mr./Miss Pageant, you really missed out on some fun!”
Tamez’s son, Travis, escorted by Letitia Smith, won First Runner Up after performing a hula dance. Chase Howells won Second Runner Up with his escort Mackenzie Ray, and Ty Brady won the night’s grand prize after being named Mr./Miss Blanco. Dressed in a bright red, satin evening gown he borrowed from his sister, Ty entertained the audience with his rendition of the musical farce Tryin’ Stuff On and had people laughing so hard they were crying as he gave them his “look” when he was presented to the audience.
“I was just trying not to laugh!,” said Melissa Connell, his escort for the pageant. “It was hard to look serious because he was so funny. He is a super actor and entertainer. All three of the winners are, actually.”
The Mr./Miss Blanco Pageant earned over $1500 in order to support the 2009 Senior Class of Blanco High School’s Project Graduation. The winners for the evening were decided upon by the amount of money each earned, the audience having had fun participating in the vote by stuffing money into each contestant’s box, or purse as the case may have been.
“We are trying to put together a DVD of the evening to sell to all who would like to relive the fun of the evening, or who missed out on the great time,” said Tamez.
Many thanks go to the organizers and helpers of the event: Steve and Cheryl Tamez, Chris Shipman (Director), Susan Petri (Co-Director), Shannon Edmondson (Refreshments), Peggy Berryhill, Andrea Reder, Tony Vela, Sheryl-Smith Rodgers, Cynthia Warner, Pam Meir, MaryJane Holden, Patsy Gottardy, Suzette and Jimmy Connell (publicity and printing), Cheryl Tesch, and all the many other parents who contributed support in a multitude of ways. Thanks also are extended to the wonderful audience who attended the evening’s festivities. If anyone has been forgotten and not listed specifically, please accept the group’s thanks.