The shapely calves of nine men graced the Vera Bradley Pavilion stage last night for the Fort Wayne Newspapers Three Rivers Festival’s Luscious Legs competition. All of the expected $350 raised from the event will go toward expanding the facilities of Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House.
Three Rivers Festival representative Lisa Arnold said Luscious Legs is a classic event dating back to 1982. She said names featured that year included such personalities as Komets hockey announcer Bob Chase.
After being introduced to the crowd, the contestants flashed their legs three times. A curtain hid the contestants from view except from the knees down.
Members of the crowd voted for their favorite legs by placing a dollar in the designated bucket for that contestant.
The three rounds of leg exposure consisted of a casual-walk round, a swimwear round and a freestyle round.
The amateur leg models donned footwear that was unique to their personalities or job descriptions for the freestyle round. Contest winner Kaleigh Schrock of the Komets tromped across the stage in a pair of ice skates. Ron Howard of the Mad Ants unveiled his legs by swiftly removing a pair of rip-away pants. Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce President Mike Landram skipped around in a pair of ladies heels and colorful, striped socks.
Three Rivers Festival Director Jack Hammer reminded everyone that the purpose of the event was to have clean fun, but also to benefit Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House. Arnold reports that the Hope House is running at full capacity and needs the work space that the Luscious Legs money will help buy.