Mr. HRV delights a full house

Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys. But if they do, they just might become Mr. HRV.

Brian Adams did on Thursday night at the annual Mr. HRV contest held at Bowe Theater. Adams wooed the crowd — and the judges — by passing out flowers during the beach wear contest, crooning a Willie Nelson tune during the talent show and donning full leather chaps, spurs and 10-gallon hat as his interpretation of evening wear.

And he was even humble, to (cowboy) boot.

“I’ve never done anything in high school,” he said afterwards, the cowboy hat replaced by the official Mr. HRV blue velvet crown.

Adams had some stiff competition with the other six contestants. Ben Saur was second runner-up, turning the packed auditorium into a hooting rock concert venue when he sang and played guitar to showcase his talent.

First runner-up was William Peng, whose hula skirt beach wear display was a crowd-pleaser.

Other highlights of the contest were Rudy Schuepbach’s glow-stick light show, Tony Wagner’s debonair air, Gabe Rowland’s knife-juggling act and Eric Nelson’s slightly out-of-tune song dedicated to retiring government teacher Bob Level.

“Where else can you get that kind of entertainment for $3 in Hood River?” asked emcee Keith Bassham. The seven seniors topped off the laugh-filled contest — which along with beach and evening wear and talent, showcased wit with a pair of impromptu questions — with a team dance.

Proceeds from the event will help pay for the Class of 2002 Graduation Ceremony in June.

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