Jake the Alligator Man celebrates 75th birthday … again

Jake's birthday crowd scene

LONG BEACH — Lucky local Jake the Alligator Man celebrates his fourth annual 75th birthday in style this Aug. 3 and 4 with a plethora of outrageous activities including a rousing bachelor party at the Long Beach Elks and a Bride of Jake pinup contest to choose his latest blushing bride.

Last year, around 12 girls competed for the coveted title, including such varied characters as Catlin the Lobster Girl, born with lobster claws and thus abandoned on the banks of the Chehalis River; Marie Love’Bow, a voodoo gypsy from Louisiana; and Jessica the Bearded Lady, who was abandoned by her parents at the circus.

One of the contestants, Betty Blue, self-described as a “day younger than spring” said that she’s always had a crush on Jake. And while the competition was stiff, she says, “I know Jake only has an eye for me.”

But unfortunately for Betty, Jake’s scaly hand in marriage went to another hopeful, local girl Monica Midnight, aka Monica Morley, who has competed for a number of years and finally took home the prize. This year, she was a tad green from a love potion gone wrong that she made last year to try to win Jake’s heart. The title of bridesmaid went to another local, Katy Kosmic.