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The WESA Pageant

The "Miss WESA Baseball Beauty Pageant" as it was known 1n 1987 was the brainchild of three WESA Members who were playing on the Celebrities baseball team. Mark Sullivan, Gregg Welliver and Art Gullett got together to plan a league party at their new sponsors' place of business. The inital concept was to put on a drag show but evolved into asking each team in the league to put up a contestant to compete in a swimsuit, evening gown/talent and skill testing question competiton. Needless to say it was a big hit and the WESA PAGEANT, as it is now known, was born.

The concept is simple, each team in the league solicits a candidate to represent them in the WESA PAGEANT.  The contestant usually is a "rookie" player to the league, however some contestants entered multiple times until they won the coveted title!!!

The contestants must participate in swimsuit competition where they wear a Team Banner. The Banner is usually a part of the scoring by the judges. Elaborate banners have been made by the Teams to support their candidate.

The contestants then perform a number which is judged for lipsynch, originality, audience reaction and costume.

The three finalists are selected and skill testing questions are  asked to add to their point totals.   The judges select the 2nd runner up, 1st runner up and the winner who becomes Miss/Mr. WESA for the upcoming season.
 
The only expectation is that the winner returns the following year to do a step down number and help to crown the new winner.
 
The original crown for Miss WESA was a carboard creation, made by an elementary class in Surrey taught by one of our WESA members. Since then many creations have usually been crafted with some type of "softball" theme.

There have been a variety of hosts for the Pageant including a number of current WESA members. Sydney Malcolm, Pat King and  Art Gullett have hosted multiple times and the original Host Mr. Bill Monroe hosted many years when the Pageant first started. Other Special event Commissioners and some local celebrity drag queens have also done the honors.

The WESA PAGEANT has become a major community event.  What started as a fun evening for some ball players has turned into a major fundraiser for charities in the downtown neigbourhood.  In the last 25 years the Pageant has donated over $100,000.00 to various charities.

And the Crown Goes To . . .

 

Year Winner Sponsor
2016 Donavyn M RHB Customs Brokers
2015 Bobby C barrette
2014 Logan C Celebrities
2013 Micah G Richardson GMP
2012 Sean G Priscilla's
2011 Scott R Sotheby's Realty
2010 Aaron F Vancouver Downtown Rentals (VDR)
2009 Greg L Dahl & Connors
2008 Shawn M PumpJack
2007 Michael C F212
2006 Denis L Tiffany On Denman
2005 Brian D Vancity
2004 Arron U F212
2003 Drew H. Numbers
2002 Ann T. F212
2001 Guy G. Davie Flight Centre
2000 Jamie S. Brockton Clubhouse
1999 Keith L. Xtra West
1998 John C. Royal Hotel
1997 Julie S. Little Sisters
1996 Darren B. Maxell
1995 Jeff K. Xtra West
1994 Michel M. Royal Hotel
1993 Wayne P. D&R Clothing
1992 Art G. Numbers
1991 No pageant  
1990 Martin MC. Streets
1989 Hans L. Doll N Pennys
1988 Wes B. Doll N Pennys
1987 Derek T. Odyssey