Feb 122009

After the nasty weather we put up with the first two days of the rally, yesterday we were rewarded with a beautiful day. The sky was blue, the temperature was comfortable, and everybody was out and about, having a good time socializing, attending our seminars, and shopping with the rally vendors.

For the second year in a row, our good friends Mike and Pat McFall ran out of products to sell at their PressurePro booth and had to order more sent in by overnight shipment. Mike said that after last years experience, he ordered even more for this rally, and still sold out! Every vendor I have talked to has said it was a good rally for them, in terms of sales. If you’re a vendor and are overlooking these smaller rallies in favor of the big events, you are missing out on some great sales opportunities.

We had our pizza party yesterday evening, and I’m always amazed at how efficiently Miss Terry organizes things with her crew of volunteers. They served up over 125 pizzas to our huge crowd in record time, and everybody complimented me on how smoothly the process went.

My friends, I get an undue share of the praise when we do these rallies, because I’m the one always out front playing the fool and glad handing everybody. But I know more than anybody that the reason I get to do so is because Terry is the one quietly working nonstop in the background to keep me, our volunteers, and the rally on an even keel. Without her to carry the load, I’m just a fat, goofy guy telling stories and jokes.

The highlight of our Western Gypsy Gathering rallies is our Cactus Queen beauty contest. Every year, just about the time I think I’ve seen it all, these “ladies” amaze me because they have come up with something even gaudier. As I told the crowd when I introduced this year’s contestants, “They’re brassy and they’re sassy, but they sure ain’t classy!”

After the pizza party we had our beauty contest, and it was a hoot! Now, I tell folks before we start that if they are easily offended, they may not want to hang around. Not that there is anything obscene going on, but you’ve got to figure that it takes a lot of bribery, or alcohol, to convince six middle-aged married men to dress up in drag and strut their stuff on stage. Every year we have someone who just does not think this contest is funny, and that’s okay. To each their own. But I sure saw a lot of people laughing so hard they had tears running down their cheeks and holding their sides because it hurt.

This year’s crop of “girls” really knew how to work a crowd, and judging from the cheers, laughter, and catcalls, they were a hit. Here’s a picture of them backstage while they were getting ready for the contest. Have you ever seen such a group of hotties?

I always have a hard time getting these contestants to act like ladies on stage. I mean, how hard can it be to keep your knees together when sitting in front of a crowd? Apparently, very hard. They all need to spend some time in a finishing school.

This year’s Cactus Queen, as determined by the applause from the crowd, was Jolene Jellybutt, from beautiful downtown Gumdrop, Arkansas, as played by Joel Bucham. And what a queen she was! Here is a picture of myself and Terry posing with Queen Jolene.

Thanks to all six of our contestants. We appreciate you guys, I mean girls, I mean…..  

Thought For The Day – Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  3 Responses to “Cactus Queen 2009”

  1. Just curious, do these “gals” carry their own attire around with them? Or, does someone make a run to the local Goodwill or Salvation Army? Or, do you and Terry have it all stashed deep in the bowels of your bus? And I must say, Nick, you *do* look a little apprehensive there! 🙂

  2. What a bunch of beauties! Sorry we missed the fun.

  3. One of these upcoming years,, I want a rematch with Thelma…..I thinks she had people planted in the audience to vote for her. I now know it was rigged! 🙂

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