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GRISSETTOWN—Contestants who resembled Lucille Ball or at least had red hair (natural or not) turned out before a cheering crowd last Saturday at Silver Coast Winery’s Purple Feet Festival and Grape Stomp.
Eight women sporting crimson tresses and peasant attire performed their best impersonations and mashed grapes with their feet in a wooden vat in the festival’s seventh annual Lucy Look-A-Like contest.
The competition harks back to a 1956 episode of “I Love Lucy” in which late, redheaded comedienne Ball found herself crushing grapes with her feet at an Italian vineyard.
Contestant Caroline Cordell of Currie brought her own Ricky Ricardo impersonator/husband to compete in the annual Lucy Look-A-Like event.
Fellow competitor Charlene Brown of Wilmington presented her best Lucy face during the interview and grape-smashing portions of the Purple Feet Festival competition with assistance from Silver Coast Winery owner Maryann Azzato.
The winner of the Lucy Look-A-Like 2008 was Stephanie Gallaher of Grayslake, Ill., who was crowned with her very own grapevine headpiece by last year’s winner, Barbara Acton of St. James. Gallaher’s prize was a case of Silver Coast Wine. She won by getting the most applause.
Acton’s parting words as she relinquished her crown were, “Remember to take your Vitameatavegamin”—a reference to another popular 1952 “I Love Lucy” episode.
Eleven-month-old Julianna Schultz was the only contestant and subsequent winner in this year’s “Little Lucy” competition. Her prizes were a sash, crown and little tea set.
Other contestants and honorable mention winners in this year’s “big Lucy” competition included Nancy Smith of Southport, Jan Lynn of Whiteville, Tawny Ramsperger of Sanford, Kristin Ennis of Matthews and Crystal Bullock of Leland.