Who Will Be Mr. Healdsburg 2013?

Local musicians, a firefighter, a waiter, chef, winemaker and more vie for coveted crown.


Get ready for this year's Mr. Healdsburg 2013 Pageant -- one of the biggest, loudest and silliest fundraisers of the year for the Raven Performing Arts Theater.

The 10th annual local sendup of beauty pageants everywhere will be Saturday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m. at the Raven. Tickets ($40 advance, $45 door) are available online at www.raventheater.org or at Copperfield's Books.

"Have fun," emcee Samatha Vega told the seven buff and brave contestants at a meeting Thursday. "This show is meant to be ridiculous."

Online voting has already opened for this year's contestants, ranging in age from 21 to 74. To vote online, go to www.raventheater.org.

"The whole show is very loose," producer/director Carol Noack told the group. "Just a few rules: no cross-dressing, no nudity and no stripping."

This year's lineup includes two musicians, a winemaker, a firefighter, a waiter and a chef at local restaurants and a retired banker who acts in plays.

They are:

--Daniel Gene Bishop III, 30, a chef at Ravenous Cafe and Lounge.  

--Paul Downey, 74, a retired banker, grape-grower and amateur stage performer.

--Ronald Du Preez, 35, general manager and winemaker at Draxton Winery.

--Brandon Hassur, 28, a musician (guitar, drums, piano, singer) for four years with the group Crazy Famous and most recently with Los Peros De Amour (includes a member of the former Dire Straits band).

--Mark McKenzie, 57, a longtime waiter at Bistro Ralph.

--Chris Rovetti,  34, founder and lead singer of Rovetti and Meatballs band, and proprietor of Land and Lawn landscaping and maintenance business.

--Eric Smith, 21, a part-time Healdsburg firefighter and Santa Rosa Junior College student in the Fire Technology program.

Contestants will be judged by a panel of five female judges in four categories: talent, formal wear, beach wear and interviews.

A fifth category will come from audience votes (both online and at the show) in the form of dollar contributions.

Each of the five categories will be worth 20 percent.

a local musician, is expected to present a video/photo montage of his year on the throne, and to accompany the presentation with a song.

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