‘Fearless’ dads dress like Taylor Swift

Robert Swanigan displays his front-row tickets for Taylor Swift and his guitar with pictures of his daughter Sara, who he entered the "Fearless Dads Dress Like Taylor" contest at WBUL. Photos by Rich Copley | LexGo.

Robert Swanigan displays his front-row tickets for Taylor Swift and his guitar with pictures of his daughter Sara, for whom he entered the "Fearless Dads Dress Like Taylor" contest at WBUL. Photos by Rich Copley | LexGo.

Robert Swanigan didn’t think his quest for Taylor Swift tickets for his daughter would end up with him wearing a dress and a wig.

“I thought it would end with me spending a bunch of money on the Internet,” Swanigan said a few minutes after besting 25 other hopefuls in WBUL-FM 98.1’s Fearless Dads Dress Like Taylor contest, presented by morning show hosts DeAnn Stephens and JD Pelletier.

Three of the Top 5 in the competition.

Three of the Top 5 in the competition.

For the effort, and a no doubt years of ribbing from his friends, Swanigan won his daughter Sara two front row seats to tonight’s Taylor Swift concert at Rupp Arena. The Top 5 finishers received tickets in rows one through five respectively, and Clear Channel Lexington operations manager Michael Jordan said all competitors received tickets.

I served as one of the judges of the contest along with Officer Don Evans, WKYT reporter Tamara Evans (not related) and Lexington-based sportcaster Dave Baker.

Driving up to the Clear Channel studios on Nicholasville Road Thursday morning gave me a hint of what I was in for: The driver’s-side door of a black SUV in the parking lot was open. All that was visible was a big hairy leg coming out of a black skirt and disappearing into a gray cowboy boot.

Some guys shaved their legs, some shaved their armpits, and the second-place finisher, whose name I didn’t catch, shaved a beard and mustache he had for more than 20 years. Then there were some guys who didn’t shave at all, and those are the faces I’m afraid of seeing in my nightmares. “Show ’em your boobs,” one woman said to her husband – a phrase no man ever wants to hear.

There was some creativity in the crew, including the fifth place finisher from Louisville, who tried to recreate Swift’s looks from the You Belong with Me video. When he went to take off the T-shirt to reveal the gown, we all were like, “Dude, no!”

Dave surmized, “I think what happened here is when tickets went on sale, a bunch of dads hoped their daughters wouldn’t would notice Taylor Swift was coming to town. Now that the crying has started, they’ve had to resort to desperate measures.”

They did, but at least Swanigan doesn’t have a big hole in his bank account.

And there are now 26 girls in Central Kentucky who can never tell their dads he’s never done anything for them.

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