Fans of disco break out lycra and old moves

A 70's disco workout with Sombrero girls Karina Page, of Queenstown and Claire Norton, of...
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 Workout.

Parade embraces '70s theme

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 stage.

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 holiday.

''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 Memorial Centre



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