Throughout my life I’ve had to make lots of tough decisions like what college should I attend? Should I marry that guy and move to Texas? What are the benefits of pursuing a full-time career while raising a family?

And, equally important, should I pay that much for those shoes?

On Aug. 12 I will face another big decision: Who will I vote for as Erath County’s next biggest hunk? The decision has massive implications. I mean no one wants an un-hunky guy to represent the county.

The good news is that the 12 men vying for the title are anything but. They’re all hunky, nice and full of personality, which will no doubt make my job - along with the job of my fellow judges, Tracy Newby, Renee Burdick, Stephanie McKethan and Blazi Weippert - a difficult one.

The five of us are serving as this year’s judges during the fourth annual Handsome Hunks of Erath County contest.

The weeks leading up to the big event are always fun. The unofficial tradition of bribing the judges with cakes, wine and flowers takes over while the hopeful hunks are busy practicing their dance moves. (For a short video of this, visit the E-T’s Facebook page).

But along with all the laughs, gifts and shenanigans, there is a real seriousness to the event. The gathering is more than an opportunity to cut loose and have a little fun for a night, it’s a serious effort to raise money for one of our most important local organizations - Erath County Meals on Wheels.

For those of you unfamiliar with the organization, Meals on Wheels delivers about 200 meals to homebound elderly residents five days a week.

The hunks are putting it all on the line. They’re selling tickets and tables, practicing their dance moves, spending their own time and money (not to mention ditching their pride) all in an effort to raise money for this fantastic cause.

Their only payback is the chance to be named the hunkiest man in the land.

You can do your part to help by purchasing a ticket from any of the hunks. They are Tony Territo, Bobby Cowan, Brady Pendleton, VW Stephens, Bill Muncey, Kenneth Jackson, Jose Rodriguez, Logan Synatzske, Robert Nimmo, Milam Hefner, Joseph Borges and Daniel Dowell.

If you don’t know them personally, send me an email or give me a call and I’ll hook you up.

See you Aug. 12. It’s going to be a blast.

And Joseph, my toenail polish is chipping. When are we getting those pedicures you’ve promised?

Sara Vanden Berge is the managing editor of the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at 965-3124 or by email at Follow her on Twitter @ETeditor.