Dandy dozen ready for Mr. PG
Another year, another dozen hopefuls for the coveted title of Mr. Prince George. Mardi Gras of Winter Society hosts Snow Daze and the popular annual Mr. P.G. Pageant in which 12 men from the local community take part in talent, group dance number, modelling and other categories.
This year the group includes four media men. The theme is Bringing Back the 80s, so watch for “Dirty Dancing” era music, fashions, fun and disco dancing.
Alistair McInnis, Mr. January, is representing the Free Press, a sponsor in this year’s pageant. The sports reporter says that he hopes to get “more exposure” by being a contestant.
“Jana Phillips [Mardi Gras committee] talked to me about it and I decided to enter because it’s a new and different way to promote myself other than only attending sports events,” said McInnis. “It will be comedic relief for me – I’m not as much as a showman as my [musical theatre actor] brother Nigel but the event will show a different side of me.
“The pageant is also a way for me to get local businesses involved. A huge part of this is the fundraising which involves auctioning off our packages and selling raffle tickets. The Mr. P.G. event wouldn’t happen without the support of the community.”
Other contestants are:
Mr. February, Peter Campbell; Mr. March, Ryan Vardy; Mr. April, Clint James; Mr. May, Tyler O; Mr. June, Bob Simmons; Mr. July, John Tramble; Mr. August, Ryan Carroll; Mr. September, Baxter Goertz; Mr. October, Tyler Blanchard; Mr. November, Mark Laing; and Mr. December, Tyler Connell.
As part of their pageant “duties,” the lads will be taking part in a pub crawl on Jan. 25 and they will be serving at Original Joes on Feb. 1. So for a preview peek at the contestants, be sure to check out these local eateries.
The finale event will feature the crowning of Mr. P.G. 2013 held Friday, Feb. 8 at the Coast Inn of the North. Dinner is 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. For those who have show-only tickets, doors will open at 7 p.m. and show time is 8 p.m.
Dinner/show tickets are $50, Show-only tickets are $30. Come out, cheer on and support your favorite contestant and enjoy the entertainment.
Tickets for Mr. P.G. Pageant are available at Mardi Gras office, 1529 Eighth Ave. The event is a fundraiser for Snow Daze. Each contestant puts together a prize package which will be auctioned off to members of the audience.
Mardi Gras of Winter Society will issue receipts to anyone that requests one.
And that is only part of the fun of Mardi Gras Snow Daze.
There will be a snowman building contest starting Jan. 11 with six weeks of practise building a snowman. The six weeks will run from Friday to Thursday beginning Jan. 11 to 17 and so on.
Anyone in the community is welcome to join in and build your creation, make it whatever you like.
You can enter as an individual or a group. Each week a winner will be chosen by a panel of judges and awarded a cash prize of $100. All pictures will be published in the Free Press so watch to see if you can match or beat what you see in the paper.
On Feb. 24 there will be a Family Fun Day at the Prince George Golf and Curling Club from noon to 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to come out and build a snowman and compete for the grand prize valued at about $1,000.