53rd Miss Fire Island Pageant
truly eclectic, extravagant, elegant event!
Gray clouds and gusty winds
could not dim the enthusiasm for the 53 annual Miss Fire Island Contest,
September 8th, at the Ice Palace Cherry Grove made more
comfortable with the resurrection of the Cherry Grove Hotel.
Although the threat of rain
was palpable they even continued with the pool show.
The judges had the daunting
task of sorting out the winners:
Sal Piro, Head Judge
Bruce Micheal, 2002
Walter Kowalsky Mr. Fire
Island Leather 2018
Rita George, Miss Fire Island 1969;
Tally Judge, Dennis McConkey
Special awards: George Roth
for ‘50 years of Rita George at Miss Fire Island, Ice Palace and Cherry Grove
and Maria Elena Passaretti
for 20 years of service as a contest coordinator
Chuck McTague and Richard D.
Kennedy worked their typical magic with music, lights, and sound
Countess Mascara, China, Kara
Social, Clarice Dubois, Victoria Falls, Angela Saxon, Billy Little, Olivia
London, Delrina Best, Leila Lancing, Dixie Enormous, and Anna Michaels and
David Jones, running for Ms. Fire Island.
Brian Hull sang the Star Spangled Banner and Johnny Savoy's Ballad of Miss
Tina Burner, Miss Fire Island.
Vanessa Diamond, Ms. Fire Island