Contestants man up for pageant fundraiser to help United Way


Beauty contest aids United Way

By Mary Katherine Murphy - [email protected]



As daytime diva “Victor Victoria Marie Antoinette,” storyteller Tyris Jones was crowned queen of Saturday’s United Way of Scotland County Womanless Beauty Pageant.


Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

Lieutenant Chris Young of the Laurinburg Police Department was named runner-up in Saturday’s United Way of Scotland County Womanless Beauty Pageant.


Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

Jerry’s Deli proprietor Jerry Riggins gave the crowd a show at Saturday’s United Way of Scotland County Womanless Beauty Pageant.


Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

As daytime diva “Victor Victoria Marie Antoinette,” storyteller Tyris Jones was crowned queen of Saturday’s United Way of Scotland County Womanless Beauty Pageant.


Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

Beacham McDougald of McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium


Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

As daytime diva “Victor Victoria Marie Antoinette,” storyteller Tyris Jones was crowned queen of Saturday’s United Way of Scotland County Womanless Beauty Pageant.


Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

Beacham McDougald of McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium


Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

Beacham McDougald of McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium


Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

Eric Brown, Service Thread production supervisor, brought the womanless pageant to a close with a lip synch to “I”m Every Woman.”


Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

Last year’s pageant winner Laurinburg Fire Chief Randy Gibson, left, crowned Tyris Jones queen of Saturday’s womanless pageant.


Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

As daytime diva “Victor Victoria Marie Antoinette,” storyteller Tyris Jones was crowned queen of Saturday’s United Way of Scotland County Womanless Beauty Pageant.


Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

City of Laurinburg network administrator Josh Coble struck a pose in Saturday’s womanless pageant to benefit the United Way of Scotland County.


Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

City of Laurinburg network administrator Josh Coble struck a pose in Saturday’s womanless pageant to benefit the United Way of Scotland County.


Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

Lieutenant Chris Young of the Laurinburg Police Department was named runner-up in Saturday’s United Way of Scotland County Womanless Beauty Pageant.


Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

Lieutenant Chris Young of the Laurinburg Police Department was named runner-up in Saturday’s United Way of Scotland County Womanless Beauty Pageant.


Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

LAURINBURG — Though the contestants may have been unconvincing as women, Saturday’s United Way of Scotland County Womanless Beauty Pageant offered up three hours of fun, frills, and nonstop laughter.

With more than 300 people in attendance, the event packed the St. John Association building at the Highlands as 10 local characters did their best imitations of the fairer sex.

Contestant number one, Scotland County’s assistant EMS director Robert Sampson, was the first to dance through the crowd — to “Apple Bottom Jeans” — collecting donations from an enthusiastic audience.

“This is not the zoo; please touch the contestants,” said mistress of ceremonies Lisa Blalock, a Laurinburg attorney. “You may put your dollars wherever you can fit them.”

Al Blades, Scotland County Parks and Recreation’s athletic director, made his debut as cheerleader “Sugar Lips Alice” after several contestants in 2015’s inaugural pageant pegged him as the sexiest man alive. He was also the individual contestant to collect — between his donation jar and cheerleading uniform — the greatest donation total with $403.

Blalock had the crowd in stitches with the proclamation that city of Laurinburg network administrator Josh Coble, who bore a passing enough resemblance to Jodie Foster to acknowledge it on stage, was “kind of cute.”

After each contestant made the rounds, they made their way to the stage, where Blalock asked each of them what they would do as queen for a day.

“I’d have social hour at four o’clock in the afternoon with wings, wine, and beer,” Jerry “Geraldine” Riggins responded to ecstatic cheers. “At seven o’clock we would do margaritas.”

Surprise questions posed included “Do you believe that women truly are the weaker sex” and “Can a woman have too many pairs of shoes?”

Kristy Newton, Juliet McMillan, and Noelle McIntyre judged the talent portion of the pageant. Competing as “Victor Victoria Marie Antoinette,” winner Tyris Jones, by day a storyteller, was the maven of melodrama with an Emmy Award-worthy routine as a soap opera diva.

“When I look in the mirror, I see satisfaction, sophistication, admiration, and determination,” Jones said.

Lt. Chris “Peaches” Young of the Laurinburg Police Department was runner-up with a rendition of “Unchained Melody.”

Service Thread production supervisor Eric Brown brought the competition to the close with a lip synch to “I’m Every Woman.”

“Who knew in 2016 that the image of every woman was a dude in a Little Richard wig with hairy legs shaking it on the stage?” Blalock said.

Inaugural winner Randy Gibson reprised his performance of “At Last” before bestowing the winner’s tiara on Jones.

On Monday, organizers were still working to tally the evening’s fundraising total.

Mary Katherine Murphy can be reached at 910-506-3169.

As daytime diva “Victor Victoria Marie Antoinette,” storyteller Tyris Jones was crowned queen of Saturday’s United Way of Scotland County Womanless Beauty Pageant.
http://laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_IMG_0013-1.jpgAs daytime diva “Victor Victoria Marie Antoinette,” storyteller Tyris Jones was crowned queen of Saturday’s United Way of Scotland County Womanless Beauty Pageant. Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

Lieutenant Chris Young of the Laurinburg Police Department was named runner-up in Saturday’s United Way of Scotland County Womanless Beauty Pageant.
http://laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_IMG_0058-1.jpgLieutenant Chris Young of the Laurinburg Police Department was named runner-up in Saturday’s United Way of Scotland County Womanless Beauty Pageant. Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

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Jerry’s Deli proprietor Jerry Riggins gave the crowd a show at Saturday’s United Way of Scotland County Womanless Beauty Pageant.
http://laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_IMG_0078-1.jpgJerry’s Deli proprietor Jerry Riggins gave the crowd a show at Saturday’s United Way of Scotland County Womanless Beauty Pageant. Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

As daytime diva “Victor Victoria Marie Antoinette,” storyteller Tyris Jones was crowned queen of Saturday’s United Way of Scotland County Womanless Beauty Pageant.
http://laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_IMG_0093-1.jpgAs daytime diva “Victor Victoria Marie Antoinette,” storyteller Tyris Jones was crowned queen of Saturday’s United Way of Scotland County Womanless Beauty Pageant. Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

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Beacham McDougald of McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium
http://laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_IMG_0103-1.jpgBeacham McDougald of McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

As daytime diva “Victor Victoria Marie Antoinette,” storyteller Tyris Jones was crowned queen of Saturday’s United Way of Scotland County Womanless Beauty Pageant.
http://laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_IMG_1012-1.jpgAs daytime diva “Victor Victoria Marie Antoinette,” storyteller Tyris Jones was crowned queen of Saturday’s United Way of Scotland County Womanless Beauty Pageant. Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

Beacham McDougald of McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium
http://laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_IMG_1034-1.jpgBeacham McDougald of McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

Beacham McDougald of McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium
http://laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_IMG_1037-1.jpgBeacham McDougald of McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

Eric Brown, Service Thread production supervisor, brought the womanless pageant to a close with a lip synch to “I”m Every Woman.”
http://laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_IMG_1054-1.jpgEric Brown, Service Thread production supervisor, brought the womanless pageant to a close with a lip synch to “I”m Every Woman.” Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

Last year’s pageant winner Laurinburg Fire Chief Randy Gibson, left, crowned Tyris Jones queen of Saturday’s womanless pageant.
http://laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_IMG_1077-1.jpgLast year’s pageant winner Laurinburg Fire Chief Randy Gibson, left, crowned Tyris Jones queen of Saturday’s womanless pageant. Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

As daytime diva “Victor Victoria Marie Antoinette,” storyteller Tyris Jones was crowned queen of Saturday’s United Way of Scotland County Womanless Beauty Pageant.
http://laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_IMG_1083-1.jpgAs daytime diva “Victor Victoria Marie Antoinette,” storyteller Tyris Jones was crowned queen of Saturday’s United Way of Scotland County Womanless Beauty Pageant. Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

City of Laurinburg network administrator Josh Coble struck a pose in Saturday’s womanless pageant to benefit the United Way of Scotland County.
http://laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_IMG_9974-1.jpgCity of Laurinburg network administrator Josh Coble struck a pose in Saturday’s womanless pageant to benefit the United Way of Scotland County. Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

City of Laurinburg network administrator Josh Coble struck a pose in Saturday’s womanless pageant to benefit the United Way of Scotland County.
http://laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_IMG_9978-1.jpgCity of Laurinburg network administrator Josh Coble struck a pose in Saturday’s womanless pageant to benefit the United Way of Scotland County. Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

Lieutenant Chris Young of the Laurinburg Police Department was named runner-up in Saturday’s United Way of Scotland County Womanless Beauty Pageant.
http://laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_IMG_9985-1.jpgLieutenant Chris Young of the Laurinburg Police Department was named runner-up in Saturday’s United Way of Scotland County Womanless Beauty Pageant. Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange

Lieutenant Chris Young of the Laurinburg Police Department was named runner-up in Saturday’s United Way of Scotland County Womanless Beauty Pageant.
http://laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_IMG_9985print-1.jpgLieutenant Chris Young of the Laurinburg Police Department was named runner-up in Saturday’s United Way of Scotland County Womanless Beauty Pageant. Mary Katherine Murphy | The Laurinburg Exchange
Beauty contest aids United Way

By Mary Katherine Murphy

[email protected]

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