Whether you love it or loathe it, Monday’s "Hottest Barmaid Contest" at the Horseshoe Bar had three winners and a packed bar of "very enthusiastic men," said bar owner Jerry Fredrickson.
The audience and four judges cast ballots for their favorite barmaid based on looks, poise, personality, confidence and overall beauty, Fredrickson said.
A blog post on the event stirred up quite a few comments, the most in this blog’s history. Those supporting the event said, in essence, women (and men in attendence) had a choice to take part. Those critizing the event said, in essence, it was demeaning to women.
Depending on where you come down, the turnout could be called marketing savvy or a poor reflection on society.
"About 125 men and women crammed into the Horseshoe Bar to cheer on their favorites on a night when most bar patrons were home resting on the night after the Super Bowl," Fredrickson said. "Snowy weather and some negative publicity did little to deter the enthusiasm of the crowd and the sponsors were very pleased with the results of the event."
Was he referring to the Biz Blog as "negative publicity?" In defense of my colleague Candace, she was just doing her job, asking questions. She was also writing a blog post, which is a more casual and personal channel to relay news. She got a conversation going, which was one of her main intentions.
The winners, in pink from left to right, were Becca Martin, McKennzie Rae and Lisa Raml. Judges in back row were Gary Kelleher, Russ Sutherland Rhonda Grussendorf and Neil Atkins.
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Let the debate rekindle!