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January 31, 2013

LOCAL SPORTS: 3rd annual womanless pageant set for Saturday

Most people in the Cullman area associate the Bearcats’ Zac Crocker and Fairview’s Luke Bailey with the words football and quarterbacking.

On Saturday, however, those two will join a group of five other local kids trying their hands in something a bit more challenging for the average male athlete — pageantry.

This year’s third annual Scott Lochridge Foundation Miss Heartbreaker Womanless Beauty Pageant is set for this Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Cullman High Auditorium.

Joining Crocker and Bailey in the contest will be Cullman athletes Keary Thomas, Tyler Glenn, Keaton Dean, Seth Swalve and Lance Cleveland.

Admission is $5. Andy Heis from Desperation Church will speak during the pageant’s intermission.

“I’ll say this: It’s the best $5 you can spend,” Lochridge said of the pageant, which will run about 90 minutes. “It’s good, wholesome, family fun, that’s for sure.”

The Bearcats’ head athletic trainer said he admires the kids who have volunteered to participate in this year’s festivities.

“These guys step up and go out on a limb for this cause,” he said. “I appreciate them giving back to the community and to the people who show up for their games. It’s fantastic.”

The pageant will unfold like most others. First, the contestants will strut in donning their evening wear, followed by the performance of a talent of their choice. The night will end after a question-and-answer session with each athlete.

For these athletes, however, this is a competition, and with every competition comes the desire to come out on top.

“I’ve talked to some of them and they really want to win,” Lochridge said. “There’s even a couple of them who are going and getting their hair and makeup done professionally.”

Although the pageant is sure to be full of hysterics, the event’s cause is far more serious.

Lochridge is a cancer survivor himself, having battled with  Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma. After undergoing over seven months of treatment, he has now been cancer-free for almost five years.

“With this foundation, I’m trying to give back to the community,” Lochridge said. “They were so great to me when I was going through my battle, and I’m just trying to return the favor.”

The foundation provides money to cancer patients with every-day needs, whether it’s help with house payments, groceries, treatments or insurance.

According to Lochridge, his foundation has raised around $20,000 since its inception.

“That may not seem like a lot compared to bigger foundations,” he said. “But all of our money has been raised by Cullman County residents for Cullman County residents. It’s a community thing. That’s what’s wonderful about it.”

% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 258 or at jwinfrey@cullmantimes.com

 

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