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Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests

Culver City Fiesta La Ballona Queen



Fiesta Queen finalists -- These ten girls are finalists in the Culver City Fiesta La Ballona queen contest to select five girls to reign over the community celebration Aug. 3-5. They will appear at Veterans Memorial Auditorium Friday night. July 14, when judges will pick the five finalists. From left they are Sally Adler of Westchester; Merry Allison of West Los Angeles; Marie Bailey of Culver City; Sandra Bettin of Santa Monica; Sally Jane Hutchison of Culver City; Mickey Jines of Venice; Doris Turner of Westchester; Barbara McMillan of Westchester; Connie Sue Moore of Culver City; Darlene Bevington of Culver City".


Source.

Posted By: Paul - Tue May 14, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Regionalism, 1960s

Masquerade Party



Here's what's really weird about this show: a poet, Ogden Nash, and an author, Ilka Chase, were not considered too highbrow for a game show, and were recognized by the mass audience. Try that today!

Of course, having Dagmar on the show did not hurt.



The other parts of this episode also on YouTube.

Posted By: Paul - Sat May 04, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Celebrities, Disguises, Impersonations, Mimics and Forgeries, Games, Literature, Television, 1950s

Nenana Ice Classic

Every year since 1917 the folks up in Nenana, Alaska have been placing bets on when the ice in the Tanana River will break up. They place a tripod out on the frozen river in February, and when the tripod moves downstream far enough to break the cord attached to it, the river ice is officially considered broken up.

You can place bets by mail, and could win as much as $300,000 (depending on how many people enter the contest). Proceeds go to charity. $2.50 per guess.

Details at NenanaIceClassic.com



The past winning times:

Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 06, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests

Miss Christmas Tree 1951



Selected 'Miss Christmas Tree of 1951' by 40 members of the UCLA chapter, Sigma Chi fraternity, is 24-year-old Diane Dearborn. Miss Dearborn, who arrived in the United States seven weeks ago from Paris, France, is a singer. The collegians saw her picture in a newspaper, reported 'she seemed prettier that the rest of them'.


Source.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 16, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Holidays, 1950s

Miss Popcorn

A few of the holders of the "Miss Popcorn" title. It seems the title must have been discontinued after Miss Popcorn of 1952 generated a bit of bad press.

Chicago Tribune - Oct 21, 1950



Cincinnati Enquirer - Mar 11, 1951



Palm Beach Post - Nov 12, 1952





Windsor Star - Aug 6, 1953

Posted By: Alex - Tue Dec 11, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Food, 1950s

You Know Scholarship

From Sleeping Dogs Don't Lay: Practical Advice For The Grammatically Challenged by Richard Lederer and Richard Dowis

The vacuous expression you know has been spreading (in speech, though not, thank heaven, in writing) like the most virulent cancer for decades… But it was left to Barney Oldfield, an eighty-seven-year-old retired air force colonel, to launch a vigorous campaign against you know. In 1997 Colonel Oldfield, a Nebraskan, offered a $1,000 scholarship to the Nebraska student who submitted a tape recording of a radio or television broadcast with the most you knows in fifteen minutes.
The first year’s winner was thirteen-year-old Dalton Hartman, who submitted a tape with forty-one you knows in four minutes, thirty-eight seconds. The next year, a fifth grader named Jason Rich took the prize. His tape, a twelve-minute interview with a basketball coach, had sixty-four you knows...
Colonel Oldfield has made arrangement in his estate for continuation of the contest.

Oldfield died in 2003. I can't find any evidence that the scholarship did continue after his death. This LA Times article has more info about his somewhat eccentric philanthropy.

Des Moines Register - Feb 16, 1997

Posted By: Alex - Sat Nov 10, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Languages

Alternative Miss World

One to add to our ongoing theme of weird beauty contests: the Alternative Miss World contest. It started in 1972 and has been held every few years in London since then. A documentary was made of the 1978 contest (video clip below). More info: BBC News



Andrew Logan (left), founder of the contest, with Sasha Frolova (right), winner of the 2014 Alternative Miss World. Source: Facebook



The Miami News - May 31, 1985

Posted By: Alex - Wed Oct 24, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests

Macaroni woman of the year

Since I posted a few days ago about eggplants that looked like Richard Nixon, I thought it only fitting to also note that his wife, Patricia, had her own food thing going on. In 1970, she was named Macaroni Woman of the Year by the National Macaroni Institute. She also had her portrait painted out of macaroni by the artist Don Wheeler.

Redlands Daily Facts - Oct 1, 1970



Wilkes Barre Times Leader - Apr 14, 1971

Posted By: Alex - Sat Sep 01, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Art, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Food, Politics

Hero Dog of the Year

In 1954, Ken-L Ration Dog Food began awarding a prize to the "Hero Dog of the Year." Sponsorship switched to Kibbles 'n' Bits at some point.

Here is a list of some winners.

The latest year I can find when the award was given was 2004.

The American Humane Society seems to have taken over, or rebooted the award.


In any case, the award gives us a chance here at WU to carry forward one of our earliest missions: proving that cows are the most evil and deadly creature on the planet.







Article behind NYT paywall, alas.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Aug 30, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Dogs, 1950s, 1980s

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