New contest beefs up festivities
By Nerida Blok
In the interests of sexual equality ? and a little nudge from management ? Casino RSM staff Mitchell Montgomery and Michael Newby have entered this year's inaugural Mr Beef competition.
Posing half-naked on a bowling green yesterday for a photo shoot to promote Casino's new beauty pageant, the men, aged 18 and 26, were at a loss to explain how, or why, they had entered.
Spectators were quick to answer on their behalf, taunting them that it wasn't because they valued their jobs.
"They're doing it for the glory," one said. "They have visions of the catwalk in Dubbo."
Both were reluctant to strip down to their Speedos, a requirement come the day of competition ? on May 28, the Saturday of Beef Week.
Dressed in the next best thing, boardshorts and smiles, they agreed it would be good for the town and was 'just a bit of fun'.
Casino RSM sports co-ordinator Kenny Woodhams said the competition was being held to give balance to the sexes.
"We've had Ms Beef Week Queen for a number of years so we thought it was time for the men to crack it," he said.
Unlike female contests around, Mr Woodhams said personality was not important in Mr Beef.
"We're going for looks," he said. "The dumber the blokes the higher they'll score."
He said entry criteria was wide.
"Any sporting asso- ciation in the local area can select their own entrant," he said. "They can be married, divorced, 20 or 80 ? from the suave to the crass."
He said contestants would go through a brief interview by him, with final judging conducted by the Carlton United girls from the Beer Academy Truck.
"They'll be asked a few simple questions from me, like what do they look for in the perfect woman, before the swimsuit section," he said.
"The winner will be judged and presented on the day out the front of the RSM Club. He'll be given a crown which he can wear for the rest of the week."
Mr Woodhams said eight entrants had already nominated to contest the prestigious title, including Casino's Sumo Duo, David Blackman and Barry Morgan.
For their bravery, the winner will re- ceive a prize to the value of $300.
Entries are open from now until Beef Week at the Casino RSM Club.
A dubious Beef Week co-ordinator, Sue Serone, said she wished the lads the best of success.
"The more fun that happens in Beef Week the better," she said. "I hope the guys are as attractive, personable and intelligent as the Beef Week Queen en- trants."