Apparently real men not only wear pink, but also produce pageants. Matt Rhinerson, Finance Manager at Champion Ford, is participating in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign this year with the goal of raising as much money as he can for the American Cancer Society.
Rhinerson, whose step-daughter Kendall Terry is the reigning Miss Kentucky Bluegrass, decided a local pageant would be an exciting event that could include community members and raise funds for a good cause.
“We knew that if we were going to do this, we were going to go big!” Rhinerson said.
The Miss Owensboro pageant will take place this Sunday at the RiverPark Center. The contest for ages, 0-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-10 will begin at 11 a.m. The competition for ages 11-12, 13-14, 15-17, and 18-23 will begin at 5 p.m. Cancer survivors will be judging the first contest.
Contestant applications are currently being accepted and will continue to be accepted, even on the day of the pageant. Currently some of the age groups do not have many participants, but Rhinerson hopes they increase the day of the event. Participants ages 0-10 can register at 10 a.m. and participants ages 11-23 can register at 4 p.m.
The contestant crowned Miss Owensboro will go on to compete in the Miss Kentucky Bluegrass pageant in April in Somerset, KY.
The community is invited to come support contestants and visit the vendors’ booths that will be in the RiverPark Center lobby including jewelry sales, Owensboro Aesthetics, and caricature drawings. Vendors are also donating products, services or a flat fee to the American Cancer Society.
A professional photographer known for his work on Carrie Underwood’s album cover will be offering photography prizes to winning contestant, Rhinerson said.
The fee to participate is $75, and information about the pageant can be found on the “Miss Owensboro, 2018: Presented by the Crowne Prom & Pageant” Facebook page.