A 70's disco workout with Sombrero girls Karina Page, of Queenstown and Claire Norton, of Queenstown. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Psychedelic colours, platform shoes, afro wigs and '70s dance
moves entertained passers by at Earnslaw Park yesterday
afternoon, during the Queenstown Winter Festival's '70s Disco
• Parade embraces '70s
The fitness event attracted about 80 locals, tourists and
Queenstown Primary School pupils who were put through their
paces with vigorous routines, led by Zumba instructors on
Those bold enough to make a fashion statement and bust a few
moves grooved along to a soundtrack including disco classics
such as Freak Out and Macarena.
A colourful crowd created a sea of fluorescent lycra, afro
wigs, giant sunglasses and weird and wacky costumes.
Some standout costumes included a dinosaur, multi-coloured
Mexicans, hippies and disco dancers.
Queenstown's Joseph Payne took home the prize for best
dressed, after choosing to participate as a horse.
''Being born in the '90s, we don't have much memorabilia, so
I thought horseman would really transcend the decades. It
doesn't really go out of fashion.
''It was basically a spur of the moment decision,'' he said.
Mr Payne said he had come to Queenstown for a working
''I've lived here for two and a-half years ... I came from
England and fell in love with the place like everyone else.''
Last night, the festival turned serious at the Queenstown
Memorial Centre where climatologists and scientists discussed
the possible effects of global warming on Queenstown and
where the snow might be by 2040.
The next big must-see event on the Winter Festival programme
is tomorrow's Drag Race at Earnslaw Park.
However, a word of caution. Do not be fooled into expecting
loud engines, high-octane fumes and burning rubber.
The invitation-only event will provide a sight more along the
lines of hairy chests, short skirts and high heels as local
businessmen battle their way through an obstacle course,
dressed as women.
Some of the most memorable drag queens from past years have
been invited back for another shot at the title, in honour of
the festival's 40th anniversary.
- Alistair Lynn
• Noon: Crossfit Queenstown Winter WOD, Earnslaw Park
• 7pm: Comedy Night, Queenstown Memorial Centre
• Noon: Downtown Day featuring Hospitality Race, Cup
and Cake Challenge, Drag Race, Earnslaw Park
• 6.30pm: Jaimie and Bec's Winter Kitchen, Queenstown