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George Behl as "Shelita Buffet"

Five will vie for Miss Tootsie

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Five Wadena area men will embrace their inner pop star when the Miss Tootsie contest returns to Wadena.

The third annual Miss Tootsie pageant, "Ga Ga Goo," will be held Friday, March 16 at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Auditorium.

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The event is a fundraiser for the Miss Wadena Scholarship Fund.

Contestant 1, "Shelita Buffet," is a food critic whose hobbies are belly dancing, brewing beer, tipping cow, building paper airplanes and brushing her long locks.

In real life, "Shelita Buffet" is George Behl, transit coordinator, hockey coach and co-owner of Behlianno's. His beauty consultant is Brittany Ewert.

He is also the father of Cassie Behl, a former Miss Wadena.

Contestant 2 is another foodie: "Anita Mororegano," a culinary expert who has never missed a day of work due to loyal use of oregano and other herbs and essential oils.

In real life, Thomas Anderson is the owner of Horizon Restoration and Horizon Health and Research, and a past council president of Immanuel Lutheran Church. His beauty consultants are Nicole Braith and seamstress Leanne Buettner.

Anderson is also the father of the current Miss Wadena, Haley Anderson.

"Barbie Buttercup," contestant 3, is a helminthologist whose hobbies are gardening and badminton. She claims she almost made the Olympic Badminton team but was cut due to an unfortunate incident with a pair of nightcrawlers.

In real life, Gary Carsten is a Mason Brothers accountant whose beauty consultants are his daughters, Mackenzie, Madison and Montana, who have been Little Attendants in Miss Wadena pageants.

"Alicia P. Supright," contestant 4, is a professional couch tester whose hobbies include yodeling, crochet, ghost hunting, romance writing and being a hoarder. She claims she once skipped a stone 13 times and learned to walk at six months.

In real life, Kevin Ford is an announcer with KSKK/KVKK whose community involvement includes softball, being a reading tutor and events with the radio station.

Contestant 5, "Penny Wise," is a philanthropist who made a fortune selling kangaroo milk in the late 80s. She has a variety of hobbies including competitive scrabble and kangaroo boxing.

In real life, Erik Osberg is an advisor with Farm Bureau Financial Services and has served on the board of directors with the Chamber of Commerce. His beauty consultant is Lori Wolden and Wadena Hair Clinic.

"Constant Lee Doodling," also known as Doug Curtis, will appear as the reigning Miss Tootsie.

Organizer Bonnie Kingsley said their first practice Monday night went well.

"The talents are going to range from lip synch to ballet to piano to dancing, so it will be a night of humor," she said.

Advance tickets can be picked up at Thrifty White Drug for $5, or at the door for $6.

The five contestants are also competing for a people's choice award with money cans at First National Bank, Wadena State Bank and Mid-Central Federal Savings Bank. There will be a chance to vote at the auditorium as well.

"Whoever has raised the most money, they're deemed the People's Choice," Kingsley said.

She said the 2012 Miss Tootsie would be an event not to be missed and they hope to fill the auditorium.

"You will burn calories just from laughing," she said. "Bring a tissue for your tears because you will laugh hard enough to cry."

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