Firefighter Calendar Contest
Charleston's hottest firefighters showed their love for the Charleston Animal Society by competing in a calendar contest.
Sometimes it does, in fact, rain men, as the large crowd that attended the Firefighter Calendar Contest can attest. The predominantly female audience crowded into the Music Farm to both show their support for the Charleston Animal Society and some of Charleston’s good-looking firefighters, most of whom seemed very eager to flaunt their stuff for the ladies.
The partygoers milled about on the ground level, sipping drinks, placing their vote in the “Fan Favorite” contest, and posing for photos with Hydrant, a very photogenic dalmatian. The evening’s contestants hung out on the balcony waiting for the festivities to get started. They alternated between waving to the crowd and randomly taking their shirts off, which never failed to elicit some enthusiastic applause.
Soon the contest got underway. All the firefighters made their way to the stage for an introduction that consisted of much gyrating, fist pumping, booty shaking, and waving to the crowd. A table of bachelorettes cheered particularly loudly, and the gentlemen ended their introduction with a loosely choreographed dance number.
The celebrity judges were introduced, and then the firefighters (some competed as a duo) were called to the stage one by one. Each contestant made a dramatic entrance to the stage and put their best foot forward, but clearly everyone had a different interpretation of how to best win the judges over. While some firemen strutted and shook their stuff, Corey Bates and Anthony Saraceni threw beads as they made their way to the stage, where they then busted a move, busted out of their t-shirts, and were doused by a Super Soaker.
Contestant Dustin from North Charleston charmed the crowd with a lively rendition of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” while one of his competitors did the worm and one notable firefighter opted for a plethora of impressive bodybuilder poses.
After each fireman performed, the judges panel asked a series of questions. Questions like “How did you propose to your wife?” and “What has been the most rewarding moment of your career as a firefighter?” elicited lengthy responses. Celebrity judge and Hat Lady Archie Burkel asked downtown fireman Jesse, “What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you on the job?” Jesse responded with a good humored laugh, “This right here!”
The party continued late into the evening due to the number of contestants, but the winner will not be announced until September.
The Firefighter Calendar Contest benefited the Charleston Animal Society’s Medical Fund. The Charleston Animal Society was formed in 1874 to prevent cruelty to animals. Today the non-profit organization works to find homes for homeless pets, fight animal cruelty, contain disease, reunite lost pets with their families, and to spay and neuter pets.