Hickory – Celebrating 40 years in print this year, FOCUS announces its annual Swimsuit & Summer Guide issue, on the stands Thursday, May 24!

The deadline to submit a photo to be a swimsuit model in FOCUS’ 2017 Swimsuit/Summer Guide Issue is Thursday, April 12th, at midnight.

The contest is presented by Michelob Ultra.

Again this year, women and men of all types, sizes and ages over 18 are encouraged to submit a photograph and try for a chance to be a part of this famous issue of FOCUS. swimsuitmodel

Email your photo—it can be just a clear cell phone photo, waist up, with a big smile on your face—to [email protected]. Include your home, business and or cell phone number as well as your address. You will receive a response from FOCUS to confirm your entry. If you don’t receive a response within a day or two, please call the FOCUS office to let us know.

All FOCUS models chosen to appear in the issue will be notified via email or telephone by the end of the day Monday, April 16th. Call FOCUS at 828-322-1036 for more information. See the ads on page 15 and 11 this week.

If you were chosen to model for FOCUS in 2016 or before, feel free to enter again! Models chosen for 2017’s issue will have to wait a year to re-enter the contest.

Up to four men & four women will win free swimwear & lots of goodies from our sponsors, The Olde Hickory Taproom and The Hickory Community Theatre.

Hickory Community Theatre’s upcoming production is The Hobbit, opening Friday, March 9 and playing through March 25. Don’t miss The Hobbit, one of the most beloved stories of all time! Thursdays (beginning March 15) 7:30pm, Fridays & Saturdays 8:00 and Sundays (beginning March 18), 2:30pm.

Ticket prices are Adults, $18 ($14 Thursdays!); Seniors, $16 and Youth & Students $10. For tickets go to www.hickorytheatre.org or call 828.328.2283.

Feeling a little shy about posing in a swimsuit, but really want to enter? No worries, Hickory area professional photographer & sponsor Spencer Huffman of Pixelated Perceptions will photograph our models for the Swimsuit/Summer Guide, and he’s a great man to work with. The models always say they have so much fun!

Photographs may also be mailed to Focus Contest, P.O. Box 1721, Hickory, NC, 28603.

Models will also be featured at www.focusnewspaper.com through the summer as part of our Summer Guide online and on our mobile app.

FOCUS’ Summer Guide is a handy reference for things to do & see – festivals, historic sites, amusement parks, conventions, all within a day’s drive of Western North Carolina. Be sure to pick up this issue on May 24th to plan a great summer!

Remember, the email address is [email protected]! FOCUS is looking forward to hearing from you!