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Lucky and beautiful: 50 Beautiful Bulldog contestants will vie for title

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Meatball, the reigning Beautiful Bulldog, presides over the drawing to select this year’s contestants.

This year’s Beautiful Bulldog contest will feature a merry band of slobbery canines from across the United States. Contestants from Colorado, South Carolina, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa will vie for the title of Beautiful Bulldog this spring.

“We’re going to see a lot of first-time entrants and a big diversity of bulldogs from a lot of states,” said Dolph Pulliam, Drake’s director of community outreach and development.

Dozens of droopy dogs and their owners converged on Des Moines’ Capital Square on March 10 for the first-ever lottery-style drawing of contest participants. Event organizers implemented the lottery system this year to make the contest fairer for all bulldogs.

Meatball, who holds the current Beautiful Bulldog title, oversaw the festivities from atop a throne. A gallery of event photos is available online.

Traditionally, contest organizers had accepted the first 50 registrants. This year organizers chose 50 contestants and five alternates from a pool of nearly 100 applicants. In another rule change this year, families were allowed to enter just one bulldog per household.

Drake University’s 32nd Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest will begin at 10:45 a.m. on Monday, April 25, in Nollen Plaza, Third and Locust streets in downtown Des Moines. Judging will take place from 10:45 a.m. to noon, followed by the pageant from noon to 1 p.m. The winner will serve as the official mascot for the 102nd running of the Drake Relays and appear in the 2011 Relays Parade.

The contest’s rules state that all competitors must be English bulldogs. In addition, costumes and outfits are encouraged in order to express the personal style of each competitor and catch the interest of the judges. As in years past, “beauty” is determined by the judges’ subjective opinion.


Official List of Contestants

Contestant # Last Name First Name Dog’s Name City ST
1 Mccleary Crystal Miller Des Moines IA
2 Burgart Tony Tank Urbandale IA
3 Brown Nancy Lucy Brown! Johnston IA
4 McKenzie Angela & T.J. Lily Urbandale IA
5 Ellefson James Gizmo Elkhart IA
6 Dennis Christa Pearl Ankeny IA
7 Toner Billy Fenway CEDAR RAPIDS  
8 BeLieu Teresa Madison Des Moines IA
9 Cazett Michelle and Chris Jasper Newton IA
10 Wilson Tammy zza zza Newton IA
11 Kubin Susie Trudy Blanche Kubin Broomfield CO
12 Fisher Mark & Pam Winston T West Okoboji IA
13 Sanford Sara Franklin St. Paul MN
14 Perry Jana Hades Fremont NE
15 Pearson Andrea Hemi Lone Tree IA
16 Larson Dave & Susan Ramone DES MOINES IA
17 Penrod AnnaStacia Titus Maximus Ellsworth IA
18 Vest Chris Alexis Lucille Ankeny IA
19 Leonard Matthew Dozer Des Moines IA
20 Kamminga Kristine Marby’s Love at First Bite Apple Ankeny IA
21 McCoy Thomas Shiner Des Moines IA
22 Marek Jim Spot Grimes IA
23 Kooienga Mark Bentley Urbandale IA
24 Tokheim Cari Rosie Omaha NE
25 Rietz Paul Toro Norwalk IA
26 Langworthy Chad Ginger Clive IA
27 Korthaus Amy & Tony Butch Eden Prairie MN
28 Cochran Brad Crown Vincent da Mobster Runnells IA
29 Eadon Derek Reggie West Des Moines IA
30 Havermann Brian Zeus West Des Moines IA
31 mcleod damon ace pleasant hill IA
32 Kirby Barbara Stone Meadows Rhett Butler Keokuk IA
33 Ross Nick Bubba Center Point IA
34 Musselman Deb Gunney Carlisle IA
35 Hulstein Travis and Anne Winston West Des Moines IA
36 Squire Anthony Oliver West Des Moines IA
37 Buss Jody Dozer Cedar Rapids IA
38 Laing Jason Stitch Earlham IA
39 DuBois George Buddy Ankeny IA
40 Padilla Joana Rocky Des Moines IA
41 Apt Robert and Elizabeth Maxxis Des Moines IA
42 Corbett Aimee Princess Lovie Bear St. Charles IL
43 Steil Carl & Kim Daisy Bear Eagle Grove IA
44 Carney Jamie & Jennifer Riggs Winterset IA
45 Schnathorst Lisa Addie Overland Park KS
46 Riedl Shannon Meatball Marinara Des Moines IA
47 Driscoll Cindy Zena, the Warrior Princess Cedar Rapids IA
48 Osofsky Michele Snuggles Coralville IA
49 Kozak Janna Bentley West Des Moines IA
50 Shepherd Mandy Tank Urbandale IA
Alternate 1 Tweeton Sheila Beatrice Bea Johnston IA
Alternate 2 Harris Tootie Bella Rose Milford IA
Alternate 3 Carver Rhonda Layla Grimes IA
Alternate 4 Perrin Vicki Gabby (Princes Gabriella Sparkles A La Mode) Aurora IL
Alternate 5 Blanton and Bryant Bessie and Matthew Moose Man XVI Clover SC