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Fun at the Fair: Handbag hurling and camp canines

Sat 6 Mar 2004 In: Events

The 19th Annual Wellington Gay and Lesbian Fair will offer more than 60 stalls and over 18 performances in what its organisers believe will be the biggest fair ever. The annual fair is the largest annual event in Wellington's queer calendar, and will be held, wet or fine, at Newtown School, wet or fine. MC for the day and sporting a dazzlingly array of changing costumes is Ms Polyfilla who says she will also be hosting the Dog Show. She's asking people to bring their dogs along. “We have prizes for the biggest, smallest, butchest and campest dogs, and the dog that looks most like its owner.” The fair also features a handbag tossing contest with the format for both these events borrowing from the successful Auckland Big Gay Out fixtures. Ms Pollyfilla says she'll also be doing a solo entertainment slot early on in the morning, including “some "old camp" such as Barbra, Liza, Judy, Bette for the older crowd,” and she will feature in a lunchtime slot with the rare-seen-in-daylight Pound Drag Divas “which will be a mix of upbeat dance routines, pop music and bright "Gay Pride" costumes - Viva la Rainbow!” Pollyfilla says she loves going to the Fair each year and adding her special brand of glitz and tits to the day. “And being able to add my special blend of fruitiness and glitter to the community cocktail that is the Gay and Lesbian Fair... I also totally love taking my performance and my style of entertainment to a different audience - the older and non-scene members of the community that aren't out at 2 am to see my nightclub shows.” The Fair is a family event, with many folk, straight and GLBT bringing their children along. “I love how the [kids] get right into it... to them its all colour and fun. And we have a special surprise lolly scramble for them during a gap in our entertainment schedule. The fair, held as usual in the Newton School grounds and hall, will include an indoor stage, and outdoor stage and a number of food and drink stalls. As well as Ms Pollyfilla and the Pound Drag Divas, Wellington's very own Drag Kings, just back from performing in Melbourne will perform. Other acts include lesbian band Strumpet, singers and musicians Charlotte Yates, Sue Dunlop, and Daphne Lawless, 'power femme' comedienne Parekotuku Moore, and street circus performer Jason Stevens. "This year's fair will be bigger and more superb than ever before. New stalls include ethnic food, handmade crafts and for the first time for many years, a licensed bar. There will also be a plenty of entertainment from our diverse community. It will be a special day for the gay and lesbian community, but everyone is welcome", said Jeff Montgomery, fair spokesperson. The fair will be opened by Mayor Kerry Prendergast." Entertainment schedule: Indoor stage: 4 different pianist and a harp player provide music all day with space to sit and relax with refreshments. Outdoor stage 10.00: Powhiri, Kerry Prendergast Opens Fair, Guest Speakers 10.20: Pollyfilla 10.40: Strumpet - women's rock band 11am: Paul Forrest (Genderf*ck) - performance artist 11.20: Handbag Hurling Contest 11.40: Daphne Lawless - playing her own quirky original songs with the occasional warped cover Midday: Dog Show, with prizes for Butchest Dog, Campest Dog, Biggest Dog, Smallest Dog, and the best owner/dog look alike combo 12.30: The Pound Drag Divas 12.50: Fair Raffles drawn 1.20: Jason Stevens - Street Performer 2.00: Charlotte Yates - Wellington recording artist and ex-Cats Been Spayed member 2.20pm: The Wellington Drag Kings - Cross-dressing, cross training, criss-crossing gender boundaries 2.40pm: Sue Dunlop 3.00: Pollyfilla 4.00: Fair closes Donations sought accepted! The following organisations are collecting bric-a-brac for stalls at the Wellington Gay and Lesbian Fair: LILAC is looking for “anything except clothes or electrical goods from anywhere in greater Wellington, including Hutt Valley and the Coast.” Contact: Kathleen, 387 9137 INSIDEOUT is happy to accept “any 'bric-a-brac' or ‘odds and sod's' or any "bits and pieces" from around your home you can donate to our stall to help us raise funds for insideOUT.” Items can be dropped off to Hamish at the City YHA on the corner of Cambridge Terrace   


First published: Saturday, 6th March 2004 - 12:00pm

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