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Relay team’s fundraiser a pageant – sans beauty

Brawn will meet beauty — maybe — in the Backwoods Beauty Pageant this Saturday when Team Lifecare stages the fundraiser for Carter County Relay For Life.
The event will feature dozens of competitors donning their best dresses, sharing their talents and fighting for the title of Backwoods Beauty Queen. The pageant will be at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Hampton High School.
There’s something a bit different about this pageant, however.
There will be no women on the pageant stage. Instead men will be flaunting their best pageant walks.
“It’s all about having a good time and raising money for the Relay For Life,” said Lifecare Relay team member Jamie Scalf.
Scalf said there is no charge to participate in the pageant and anyone wanting to participate needs to be at Hampton High School at 5 p.m. Saturday to prepare for the event.
“All contestants need to have a stage name and a talent,” she added. “If they want to bring a dress they can but we do have some they can borrow.”
The winner of the pageant will receive a crown and the title of Backwoods Beauty. The runner-up will receive a bouquet of flowers for participating.
In addition to the pageant, there will be a backwards raffle and concessions. During a backwards raffle, all who want to participate are given a ticket. If their ticket number is called, they have the option of doing the silly task put before them or giving a donation to the Relay For Life to get out of it. If they donate $5 or more, the individual can pass their raffle task on to a friend.
Scalf said all money raised would go to Carter County Relay For Life.
“We want to raise as much as we can,” she said. “We have no goal. We hope it turns out really good. It has been a big hit for other groups in the past, so we thought it would be something good to bring back.”
Tickets for the pageant are $5 for adults and $2 for children age 3 to 12. Children under the age of 3 will be admitted free.
Team Lifecare is also having a benefit yard sale for Relay For Life at 911 Rittertown Road today and Saturday and continue as long as items are available. The team is also accepting donations of items for the yard sale.