‘Old fat guys’ vie for ‘idol’ crown

WATERMAN – Three high school friends return each year to Waterman to compete in a fundraising event with the curious name of Old Fat Guy Idol. The Old Fat Guys – Larry Meredith, Chuck Wesenberg and Bob Strausberger – will each perform three songs, and the audience can vote for their favorite by giving a donation to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day. The singer who collects the most donations will be the winner. For the fourth year, Old Fat Guy Idol will be held at Pub West in Waterman on April 20. 

The idea for the event was triggered when  a video of one of the singers was posted on Facebook and revived a friendly argument about which of them has the better voice. To settle the debate, a public competition was organized. The singers are joined on stage by a band which will perform throughout the evening.

This will be Meredith’s seventh year to participate in the three-day, 60-mile walk. Money raised at Old Fat Guy Idol that exceeds the required donation to participate in the 3-Day is used to fund other walkers who may not meet their goal, increasing the total amount donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Since 2010, Old Fat Guy Idol has collected and donated more than $13,800.

Recordings from past years are online at oldfatguyidol.com. Visitors can listen and vote by making an online donation.

In addition to the Old Fat Guy Idol competition, there will be live music all evening, raffles and food. There is no cover charge for the event. Pub West is located at 100 E. Adams St. in Waterman.