Leesburg chiropractor Robert King took first place at the recent "Womanless Beauty Contest," sponsored each year by the Loudoun County victim-witness program, with his rendition of "Hello Dolly" a la Carol Channing. According to spokeswoman Judy Brinegar, King wore a maroon Victorian gown trimmed in lace, complete with bustle and feather boa.
Second prize was shared by Scott Sullivan and Rob Delotte, who sang "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" wearing wigs and formal gowns. Other winners included Leesburg real estate salesman Chip Groff, who was judged "most photogenic" for his aerobic routine in a bathing suit, and Paul Draisey of WAGE Radio, named "the audience favorite."
Local businesses donated prizes for the fund-raiser, which morethan 500 people attended. The total amount raised will not be available until next week, Brinegar said.
*Ben Lawrence, chairman of Keep Loudoun Beautiful, last week presented $1,630 in prizes to 32 cleanup and beautification teams and to students who won for their antilitter essays and posters. Lawrence said volunteers filled 29 trucks with trash during the two-week campaign.
More than 1,960 people worked nearly 16,000 hours to clean 112 miles of secondary roads, farm land, school yards and parking lots. "We've won the Battle of the Bilge for another year," Lawrence said.
The beautification projects recognized included the planting of 1,200 white pine trees in Philmont and the planting of half barrels of geraniums and blue junipers in Purcellville. According to spokeswoman Betty McIntosh, the organization will plant 500 dogwood trees throughout the county this year.