OURAY – See Ouray’s finest, and funniest, young men strut their stuff in the fabulous, third annual Mr. Ouray Pageant, coming up on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Ouray School auditorium.
This not-to-be-missed evening of entertainment is a Ouray High School tradition that started three years ago to help raise funds to support the school’s Performing Arts League.
“It is a hilarious night of watching a bunch of young men being good sports to entertain us, amaze us, and make us laugh with their antics and ‘style’ choices for each round of competition,” said Ouray School elementary music teacher Allyson Crosby, the founder of the event.
High school boys who sign up will compete in formal wear, resort wear, and a talent competition. Each round features their personal interpretations, loose or strict, based on their own sense of style and talent.
“In the past, we have had tuxedo-clad scuba divers and even overalls with ruffles for formal wear,” Crosby said. “In resort wear, the guys have featured themselves dressed for soccer camp all the way to one young man who dressed up wearing a grass skirt complete with coconut bra. We've had talent performances that have included record-making hacky-sack bounces, basketball drills, Monty Python routines and the best TNT lip sync ever seen by human eyes!”
The reigning Mr. Ouray is Morgan Wright, who blew judges away last year with his disarming humor, moonwalking ability and stellar performance of “Rhythm of Love” by the Plain White Tees.
At this year’s pageant, prizes will be awarded in the following categories: formal wear winner will be “Mr. Irresistible”; resort wear winner will be “Mr. Jet Setter”; talent winner will be “Mr. Who-Has-Left-the-Building”, and the best overall will be named “Mr. Ouray.”
“So come on out for an evening of fun and be sure to not only support these guys with your applause and laughter, but also help support the Performing Arts League of Ouray School!” Crosby said. “We hope to see you there.”
Admission to the Mr. Ouray Pageant is $5 for adults and $3 for students.