Pin-up models are associated with WWII or the 1950’s but the genre is trendy again. Embracing the Pin-up model was the 2019 Back to the 50’s Weekend at the State Fair grounds. Organized by the Katfish Kittens, the Pin-Up contest crowned two winners:  Miss Back to the Fifties and Miss Streetrod Sweetheart.

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Pin-Up contestants at MSRA’s Back to the 50’s Weekend. Eugene Weigel for ArtsCrawler

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This was the second annual Pin-Up Contest at the MSRA Back to the 50’s Weekend. Twenty-five contestants competed for the title of Miss Back to the Fifties, and second place, Miss Streetrod Sweetheart. Rockabilly swing music by the Star Chiefs performed while judges scored contestants on era clothing, hairstyles and accessories. Judges included Maegan Ashline, Rob Lane, Sarah Dos, and Mimi Meow. Emcee Justin Slingsby, a member of the Delinquents car club, introduced contestants and read their biographies.

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Pin-Up judges. Eugene Weigel for ArtsCrawler

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Emcee Justin Slingsby. Eugene Weigel for ArtsCrawler

The 2018 Miss Back to the Fifties, Millie Rose Mitchell,  crowned and sashed this year’s winners. Vintage gloves and sun parasols to the Pin-Up winners and t-shirts to the audience were some of the prizes given out. 2019 winners are: Miss Back to the Fifties 2019, Miss Lulu Bliss, and Miss Streetrod Sweetheart 2019, Andromeda Auburn.

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Lulu Bliss, 2019 Miss Back to the Fifties. Eugene Weigel for ArtsCrawler

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(left) 2019 Miss Streetrod Sweetheart Andromeda Auburn and Miss Back to the Fifties 2019, Lulu Bliss. Eugene Weigel for ArtsCrawler

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Millie Rose Mitchell crowns the 2019 Miss Back to the Fifties Lulu Bliss. Eugene Weigel for ArtsCrawler

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Emcee Justin Slingsby presents a contestant. Eugene Weigel for ArtsCrawler

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(left) Miss Streetrod Sweetheart 2019, Andromeda Auburn, and Millie Rose Mitchell. Eugene Weigel for ArtsCrawler

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Pin-Up contestant. Eugene Weigel for ArtsCrawler

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Pin-Up contestants. Eugene Weigel for ArtsCrawler

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Audience members. Eugene Weigel for ArtsCrawler

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About Barb Teed

Barb has a M.A. in Liberal Studies from Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn., a B.A. in Media Studies from New School University, NYC., and Associates of Arts degree in Anthropology from Normandale Community College, Bloomington Minn. I was born in Duluth, Minn.