Sixteen men helped to put the Queen into Queenstown
yesterday, during the 23rd running of the Queenstown Winter
Festival Drag Race yesterday.
Normally restrained Queenstown businessmen decked out with
heavy make-up, false eyelashes, balloon breasts, fishnets,
wigs, hand-bags and the obligatory high heels turned heads as
they did a lap of the CBD on an open-topped bus before
parading through The Mall, stopping for photos along the way.
The obstacle course - comprising hay bales to be hurdled and
barriers to be ducked - also required contestants to put bras
on four members of the public, apply lipstick and slip on
tiara and hula hoop before running through tyres and
negotiating more hay bales and barriers to the finish line.
However, simply getting to the start line proved difficult as
many of the queens wrestled with their heels while being
escorted off stage, some sliding down the stairs to solid
The cross-dressers went on to hurl themselves through the
course, taking clumps of hay and half the barriers along with
Some of the queens decided instead to focus on dazzling the
crowd with displays of astonishing elegance and not so good
In the end, Walter Peak's Lindsay Westaway was crowned Drag
Queen 2014 - a fitting honour given yesterday was his 69th
Mr Westaway, or Lulu, entered the first Drag Race in 1991.
For councillor and broadcaster Craig Ferguson - dressed as
''The Duchess Fergie 20 years on'', being named Miss
Photogenic was a dream come true.
The title of Miss Best Dressed went to Simon Green, dressed
as ''Frank'n Flirter'', while Brendan Quill picked up Miss
Friendly and Scott Conway had the best kiss.
Earlier in the day the QRC Hospitality Race and the Cup and
Cake Challenge were held. Local hotels entered teams of three
to carry suitcases, make beds and deliver a round of drinks
to the finish line.
The race was won by the Heritage Hotel Kamikazes, followed by
the St Mortiz team (Hotel St Moritz) and the team from
Queenstown Resort College.
Today festival action moves to Coronet Peak with the annual
Dog Derby at noon, before the dogs and their owners head to
Earnslaw Park for the Dog Barking competition from
Noon: Dog Derby, Coronet Peak.
3pm: Dog Barking, Earnslaw Park.
From 7am: Eichardt's Tavern revisited, Queenstown
Noon: Dodgeball, Earnslaw Park.
4pm: Night skiing, Coronet Peak.
7pm: Ice hockey - Southern Stampede v Botany Swarm,
Queenstown Ice Rink.
- Tracey Roxburgh and Alastair Lynn.