Miss Tacky crowning benefits cancer research

Thursday, August 5, 2004
Nellie Fleeman was given the honor of being crowned Miss Tacky for the second year. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

The second annual Buffalo Island Miss Tacky competition was held Friday, July 30, at the Melody Theatre. The event raised $656 for the Buffalo Island American Cancer Relay for Life.

Twenty-seven contestants did their best to "out tacky" each other for the 2004 title. Beauty, poise and personality were not on the scoring cards.

Melvin Browning served as emcee welcoming guests and thanking the contestants for giving their time to raise money for a worthy cause.

Browning recognized cancer survivors that were members of the audience.

"I lost my brother less than two years ago to cancer. I want to personally thank each one that is taking part and each one for coming," Browning said.

Contestants included Sheila Spurlock, Michelle Womack, Karen Wallace, Brenda Matheny, Kay Staggs, Ann Hawkins, Brenda Watson, Phyllis Kennett, Ruth Ann Keith, Lottie Hale, Lovetta Freeman, Rhonda Hutton, Nellie Fleeman, Rose Sexton, Jewel Crites, Krystal Arcala, Jessie Ermons, Barbara Pierce, Brenda Watson, Joni Isabell, Tammy Rolland, Tina Metheny, Darla Hettler, Chris Littlefield, Deb Kirby, Magan Duffel, Brenda Barger.

Browning recognized four of the contestants that are cancer survivors.

Entertainment was provided by the "Niffy Fifty" group that included Shelia Spurlock, Karen Wallce, Brenda Matheny, Phyllis Kennett and Ruth Ann Keith, and a skit by Nellie Fleeman and Drake Brown performing "Tarzan Man."

The five finalists included "Miss Country Girl", "Miss Stickey", "Miss Hawaii", "The Cave Woman", and "The Baby Girl".

The Bad Attitude award went to "The Angry Teen." (Magan Duffel). Second runner-up award went to "Miss Hawaii" (Kay Staggs). First runner-up went to "Baby Girl" Brenda Barger; and for the second year, the title of the tackiest on Buffalo Island went to the "Cave Woman" Nellie Fleeman.

Syrena Duffel, chair for the 2004 Buffalo Island Cancer Relay for Life, thanked everyone for coming.

"Every one dollar we spend may be the dollar that finds the cure for cancer," Duffel said. She invited everyone to attend the upcoming Relay for Life walk in September.

Other future events include a talent show that was held on Saturday at the Melody; a Poker Run on Aug. 14, a softball tournament on Aug. 20-21, an antique car show on Aug. 28, and a no-talent show on Aug. 28; the survival social on Aug. 29, Miss Mess on Sept. 11, and the Relay for Life event on Sept. 17 at the Leachville Park.

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