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Jan 29, 2013 4:01 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Fourth Annual Mr. Amagansett Pageant Will Take Place This Weekend

Jan 29, 2013 4:52 PM

About a dozen hopeful men plan to dazzle a panel of mostly female judges this weekend for a chance at being crowned this year’s “Mr. Amagansett.”

The fourth annual Mr. Amagansett Pageant will be held at the Stephen Talkhouse on Saturday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and there will be a $20 donation to get in. The proceeds will go to the Donald T. Sharkey Memorial Community Fund. The fund was created to honor the memory of Don Sharkey, former East Hampton Town senior building inspector, who died in 2009.

The night is a fun one, and a way “to have a couple laughs and see men make fools out of themselves,” said Peter Honerkamp, a partner and manager of the Stephen Talkhouse and a regular pageant contestant.

“Usually you have to date them to see that,” he joked.

Last year’s winner was Nick Kraus. Mr. Honerkamp said he vows to get even this year. The two created warring comedic videos that sent the audience roaring with laughter.

“I’m very bitter about last year,” Mr. Honerkamp said. “I’ve already attempted to bribe three of the judges.”

Prior contestants have included East Hampton Town Councilman Dominick Stanzione, East Hampton Trustee Joe Bloecker and Lee (who doesn’t give out his last name easily) “from the computer shop” in Amagansett.

Last year, the Mr. Amagansett Pageant raised about $5,000, according to Tina Piette, one of the event’s organizers. The Donald T. Sharkey Memorial Community Fund contributes to local fire departments and charities, helps individuals pay medical bills and provides scholarships for local students and funds summer camp for some children, according to its website.

The fund sent nine children to summer camp in 2012 and paid hospital bills for several community members. To date the fund has distributed approximately $83,000, according to the website. Donations from the annual Mr. Amagansett Pageant and the Donald T. Sharkey Memorial Motorcycle Ride support the fund.

There will be five judges, Ms. Piette said. Four of them are women. The fifth is Mr. Kraus.

“We can’t disclose the names because we really don’t want them to be bribed,” Ms. Piette said.

The idea for the pageant was born out of a casual conversation among some of Mr. Sharkey’s friends at Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett months after Mr. Sharkey died, as Ms. Piette recalled.

“That’s how it started,” Ms. Piette said. “And we based it on the Ms. America pageant. Only no women allowed.”

This year’s contest is still open to those who want to enter, said Ms. Piette.

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