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Cheer on your favorite firefighter at Friday’s calendar competition

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at 10:09 p.m.

Twenty firefighters will vie Friday for spots on the 2014 Kansas Firefighters Calendar.

Tickets are still available to the annual judging event, set for 7:30 p.m. at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview, 400 W. Douglas.

It’s a “classy and fun” show geared toward adults, Kansas Firefighters Museum volunteer Nancy Peters said. The competition is designed to raise money for museum-sponsored programs and encourage Kansas firefighters to get fit, she said.

This year, 19 men and one woman are part of the contestant pool, she said. Each will complete an interview, proctored by local celebrity judges, and present a talent.

Contestants are active, retired or volunteer Kansas firefighters, age 21 or older.

“We wanted to create a calendar that represents the strength of Kansas,” not just physical beauty, Peters said.

The calendar is in its fourth year.

“We are delving deep into their (firefighters’) characters to find out who they really are.”

VIP seats at the event cost $30 apiece; the price includes a pre-show meet-and-greet event with former calendar stars and celebrity judges, appetizers and a prize bag, including a 2013 calendar, for the first 100 guests.

General admission tickets are $15 each. A cash bar will be available.

VIP tickets are available through Thursday at www.kansasfirefightercalendar.com or at Total Printing Solutions, 1325 E. Douglas. General admission seats are available at the store and online through Friday, as well as at the door before the judging event.

Peters encouraged those wanting to attend to buy tickets in advance. Last year, there was a sell-out crowd, she said.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for VIPs; general admission ticketholders will be admitted at 7:15 p.m.

The Kansas Firefighters Calendar is produced by the all-volunteer staff of the Kansas Firefighters Museum, 1300 S. Broadway. Proceeds from the event and calendar sales benefit the Coats for Kids Project, which distributes winter apparel to children in need regardless of income; FIRE Camp, a free, daylong program for kids in grades six through nine; and future museum expansion.

Of the calendar, Peters said: “It’s been exciting to see different firefighters really taking it and making it good.”

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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