"Miss"ter Fredericksburg Pageant raises $$$ for pool improvement - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

"Miss"ter Fredericksburg Pageant raises $$$ for pool improvements

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FREDERICKSBURG (KWWL) -

An Eastern Iowa community has come up with a unique way to raise money for the town's swimming pool. Saturday night, the first ever "Miss"ter Fredericksburg Beauty Pageant drew in hundreds of people, and thousands of dollars.

It's said that beautiful women come in all shapes and sizes, but Saturday's showcase may have been the ugliest beauty pageant you've ever seen.

From the gloves, to the shoes, nine brave guys put on their Sunday's finest for Saturday's first ever Womanless Beauty Pageant.

"The town's small enough where you really get everybody's interest. They're coming in from out of town, we got quite a crowd here!" said Butch Leach, one of the nine contestants.

The talent portion included lip synching, the hula, ribbon dancing, and a lot of laughter. It's fun, but it's also for a good cause.

"We want to keep the pool open for the kids, I have two kids who go there regularly," said contestant Sheriton Dettmer.

The Fredericksburg swimming pool has been in bad shape for a few years. With budgets tight, some of the younger families in town decided to find a unique to fund the project.

"We wanted something different, and we thought this would bring out a lot more people and raise more money. So we thought this would be a great way to do it," said organizer Stephanie Boecker.

"I thought this was awful great of them, but I think this is crazy," said contestant Alan Beier.

The guys said they reluctantly got on board.

"Caught me at a weak moment," Leach joked.

"I was drunk when the girls asked me," Beier said.

Regardless, they seemed to be enjoying their moment in the spotlight.

"It's uncomfortable, but it's fun. It's for a good cause," said contestant Devan Warnke.

And even though they may never live it down, Boecker believes it'll all be worth it come summer.

"We're hoping we'll have the money and the sprinklers can be running by spring and we can take our kids. It'll be fun," she said.

Pastor Burt Williams was crowned "Miss"ter Fredericksburg. As of Saturday night, organizers had not totaled up the proceeds. But they collected more than $1,500 before the doors even opened.

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