Klamath Falls, Ore. – Some of the hottest hunks from Klamath Union High School will compete for the title of ‘Mister Pelican’ Friday night.
The pageant contestants are rehearsing at the Ross Ragland Theater.
“It’s a men’s pageant.” Explains contestant Brandon Wolfram. “With 15 guys from K.U.”
“We’ve got our swimsuit portion, talent portion.” Adds contestant Trenton Higgins. “And then we have a lot of goofy, silly dances that we do together that we’ve choreographed.”
Wolfram notes the competition also has a serious side. “The proceeds that we earn from Mister Pelican, and all of the surrounding activities go to the Mister Pelican Foundation.”
“Kids that need financial aid for medical reasons, if they can’t afford it themselves, all the money that we raise from this will help them out with those things.” Higgins explains.
But most of all, the competition is aimed at having fun.
“I went last year.” Recalls Higgins. “And I had some friends in it, and it was just awesome to watch.”
“I’m really, really nervous.” Confessed Wolfram. “But I’m also excited to show everybody what the culture is like at K.U., and how we all care about each other.”
The Mister Pelican Pageant gets underway at 7 Friday night at the Ross Ragland Theater.
Tickets are $10 from the K.U. High School office, or $15 at the door.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.