Sunday, October 9, 2011
I volunteer as a vote-counter at the raucous Mr. South Whidbey (a fundraiser for Friends of Friends Medical Support Fund) every year. We vote-counters sit at the very back of Freeland Hall tallying up all the "votes" that are cast throughout the evening in the form of dollar bills, scrip, checks, quarters, nickles and dimes. It's not a great vantage point for sketching the doings on the stage, but I got a couple quick and dirty impressions in my pocket-sized Moleskine.
Brian Plebenek,in drag, belts out a song for the crowd. He didn't win,
but he SHOULD have - if the contest were based on showmanship and
heart. A real crowd-pleaser. He gave us a great performance from
beginning to end.
Richard Epstein, in the King Tut headdress, was one of the "six-pack boys" collecting votes from the audience in 6-pack cartons. He was a candidate in last year's pageant.
Randy Hudson, Michael McInerny and the Mr. SW candidates entertain the crowd with a song.
The crowd gathers in Freeland Hall before the show begins.