All in – the Honoka‘a Western Week Saloon Girl Contest

The week before the Saloon Girl Competition I found out the dang boots no longer fit. They always were a bit iffy, but after two years of intense yoga, “grounding myself” and “spreading my toes to create balance,” my feet have widened. Luckily I hadn’t built my whole Saloon Girl performance around the boots. (See Wicked Boots for Western Week and Thrift-Shopping for a Saloon Girl Costume.)

FullSizeRender (4)Yes, I entered the competition. I was all in. I researched how to make an 1870’s bustle skirt on You-Tube, and bought a black feather boa. I found a long pair of black gloves I forgot I had – a keepsake from my 1969 prom that I didn’t expect to wear again. My husband loaned me a belted pillow to put under the skirt across my backside to accentuate the bustle. I was ready.

Then six days before the competition, I learned that eleven women entered. In years past, the organizers were lucky to get two. There would be real competition this year. But I was already all in. I decided to adjust my act by adding some comedy (talk story). That would give me some additional places to interact with the audience. But I had doubts. Really, am I funny? The reviews for my book say I am. So I went for it.

Standing next to the Honokaa Western Week jail

Standing next to the Honokaa Western Week jail

Today was the day. My daughter helped me get into my costume and drew the obligatory “Miss Kitty” mole on, and I walked downtown, carrying one of my boots. It would be a tip jar – $1 dollar per hug. Everyone looked fabulous and we took a ton of publicity shots. I’m sure Sarah Anderson will have pictures on Facebook tomorrow. Sarah took some solos of each person too, just in case they won.

The first gal who performed, kicked up a storm on stage, and sang her heart out. At the end, she faked drinking a shot of whiskey, and threw the shot glass across the stage, where it broke into pieces. Wow – dramatic. That set the bar really high. Meanwhile, I maintained confidence by garnering $7 in tips with my hugs.

Sarah - explaining the boot-croppedI was contestant Number 7. I was lucky that the Emcee, our Councilwoman, mispronounced my name just a bit. That gave me the chance to use my “Scheurell, rhymes with coral, floral, moral and pectoral . . . Actually, my friends tell me it might be more Alternate verses to Mercedes-Benzmemorable if I tell people it rhymes with immoral.” The audience laughed, and it only got better from there. See my shtick on YouTube.

The rest of the evening went by in a blur. It rained lightly on and off, but the performances went on under umbrellas – this is Honoka‘a and we learn to ignore the rain. Our councilwoman, who had been the first Saloon Girl Winner some years ago, entertained us with a song while the judges conferred. There was no point in worrying about the outcome.

Sarah - after the winThen announcements: third place winner – the Saloon Girl who broke the shot glass. Second place winner – a gal who did a comedy routine about menopause and smoking weed. “And the first place winner with a prize of $400 – I hope I pronounce the name right this time – is Diane Scheurell.” The Universe came through for me again.

A thank you to Sarah Anderson Photography for the latter two photos. See her website at

Another thank you to Sherri Longyear who videoed and uploaded my performance on YouTube.


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About Diane Scheurell

I'm a writer and author. Check out my book, Manifesting Paradise on Amazon, and my blog, I talk about Hawaii and the transformation tools I used to achieve my dreams.
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12 Responses to All in – the Honoka‘a Western Week Saloon Girl Contest

  1. Dianne says:

    I’m so PROUD of you Diane !! Your act and costume were both great. Your Talent, Personality & Courage were all Shining Bright !! Congratulations on your WIN !!!

  2. Stella says:

    Wow – Diane…congratulations!!! So happy for you – and proud of you. Manifest away…

  3. Malia True says:

    I hate I wasn’t there to see your act, and I would have been if I wasn’t heading for China on Monday. You rocked that outfit and I’m sure you put on quite the show. #1 out of 11… NOT BAD! I’m impressed. A hui hou…

    • Thanks Malia. Friend me on Facebook and you can see the whole thing. Or maybe I can put a link to it in the essay. Hmm. A chance to manifest some new technical learning.

  4. L'il Sis says:

    You rock! Lookin’ fab, voice and hourglass figure intact!
    With your inspiration, I manifested an unclogged toilet last week! Yep, with Husby gone fishing, plunging, scooping and pouring for a day and a half, I prayed, ” OK Universe, give me one more good idea to unplug this toilet”. Five minutes and 2 feet of garden hose later, viola’, success! I should have invoked the power of manifestation sooner. You’re my hero!

    • Wow, you did something WAY more impressive than me. But like you, I ask the Universe for some weird stuff. I’m hardly ever disappointed. Glad she was listening to you and in a great mood to comply with your wish. Now about that garden hose – what happened to it?

  5. L'il Sis says:

    Bleach for 2 days, saving it for the next time.

  6. jadepatolo says:

    I just watched the video clip on FB, and love it! Lady, that bustle is really amazing, ha ha! You really are living life to the fullest :).

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