Spotlights, dancing and music filled the stage at Altamont Community High School gymnasium on Saturday evening as seven high school male contestants battled to be this year’s "Mr. Indian."
“I was a little nervous, but I was in for the fun of it,” said Jacob Crow, who was named Mr. Indian 2017. “We probably spent about ten hours practicing for this event.”
“This is the first one I’ve seen,” said Jason Crow, Jacob's father. “It was fun.”
Proceeds from Saturday evenings fifth annual Mr. Indian Pageant went to this year’s post-prom activities.
Chris Winters was the parent in charge of the pageant. Charlie Niehaus and Scott Beal served as masters of ceremony. Judges for the Mr. Indian competition were Nick Patton, Jay Mix, Teresa McCloy and Jody Watts.
After a few introductions, the evening began with a formal wear competition as contestants walked down the stage runway before the judges with their female escorts. One of the highlights of the evening was a group dance taught by choreographer Carly Dorr. Contestants, sometimes in a comical way, took up the stage to popular music.
The swimwear competition was a crowd favorite as contestants rolled down the runway with their many combinations of swimwear. Beach hats, Hawaiian shirts and even a beach chair served as props for the competition.
During the intermission the crowd of approximately 250 people were given the opportunity to vote for their choice to be the People’s Choice Award. Money was placed in each box as a vote for the seven contestants and the contestant who accumulated the most cash won the award.
Each contestant was judged on their talent with contestants performing and lip syncing everything from Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” glow in the dark hula-hoops, a dance impression to the song “Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence, juggling invisible objects to one of the quickest talent tricks of the evening by foreign exchange student Frenando Romo who flipped a bottle on a chair.
Answering an impromptu questions was the final task contestants made during the evening.
Winning the People’s Choice Award and $25 was senior Steven Bain, Second Runner Up and winner of $25 was Sam Childerson; first runner up, Collin York received $50 and Mr. Indian Jacob Crow won $100.