Miss Tacky competition raises $784
The American Cancer Society Buffalo Island Relay for Life volunteers held a "Miss Tacky" pageant Friday, Aug. 22, at the Melody Theatre in Leachville.
"Looking your best" was not on the scoring cards that judges used to name the first annual American Cancer Society Buffalo Island Relay for Life Tacky Queen.
Melvin Browning of Manila served as emcee for the contest welcoming guests.
"I want to personally thank everyone involved in the Buffalo Island Relay for Life. My sister is a contestant and we are honored to be part of this. It is a personal matter with us. We have a sister-in-law in the audience that is a cancer survivor. We lost our brother to cancer last year," Browning said. "We should all take one day at a time and be thankful for the health that the good Lord has given us."
Judges were Marietta Jerome and Eva Lee Graves of Blytheville and Penny Tooms of Paragould.
The costumes were outrageous as well as the entertainment. Women from several towns across Buffalo Island took part in the 2003 Miss Tackey competition.
Contestants were Frances Wilson, Shawn Presson, Tammy Gist, Karen Wallace, Shelia Spurlock, Ruth Ann Keith, Brenda Matheny, Phyllis Kennett, Mitzi Pierce, Elaine McClain, Christine Littlefield, Willene Townsend, Sharon Sullivan, Tammy Rolland, Darla Hetler, Jewell Rolland, Kay Staggs, Brenda Barger, Ann Wells, Lynda Edwards, Nancy Sills, Shirley Roe, Debbie Davis, Tina Matheny, Tammy Stockton, Lavita Freeman, Tammy Hicks, Kelly Fry, Rose Sexton, Brenda Watson, Nellie Fleeman, Dena Field, Charlotte Imler, Jessica Johnson, Jennie Fleeman and Barbara Pierce.
Entertainment was provided with a special presentation of "My Boyfriend's Back" by Karen Wallace, Sheila Spurlock, Brenda Matheny, Phyllis Kennett and Ruth Ann Keith. Syrena Johnson made a special guest appearance. Ann Wells, Nancy Sills and Lynda Edwards did a dance to "Born in the USA."
The finalists included Christine Littlefield, second alternate, Kay Staggs, "Miss Pinkie," first alternate, with Nellie Fleeman winning the crown and title of Miss Tackey. Darla Hetler received the "Bad Attitude" honors.
It was all in fun for a good cause and the event raised $784 for the American Cancer Society Buffalo Island Relay for Life.
"We appreciate all of the volunteers and emcee Melvin Browning for helping us put on a successful event," Chairman Shelia Spurlock said. "We want to invite everyone to attend our Relay for Life Sept. 19 at the Leachville City Park. Survivor registration begins at 5 p.m. and the survivor walk will take place at 7 p.m."