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Organisers "thrilled" with Wgtn fair

Sat 1 Mar 2008 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

6:20pm: Organisers of Wellington's "Out in the Square" Gay and Lesbian Fair say they are thrilled with the response to the first gay and lesbian fair to be held in the Central City. Chairperson of Out Wellington Inc, Aaron Hailwood says, "The weather was very overcast and rain forecast but we decided to go ahead and we're glad we did! "The weather held up until about 1:30 when it started to spit, but the crowds stayed to watch the fantastic entertainment including Rosita Vai, the Drag Kings, guitarist Sue Dunlop and a range of fabulous drag queens from across the country." Final numbers are still being collated but it is thought that the organisers' target of 10,000 people throughout the day was easily met. "We were pleasantly surprised by the numbers, especially given the weather but it was a great carnival atmosphere and when the weather got even worse, scores of people still stayed until the finale of We Are Family featuring most of the performers at the slightly-earlier than planned time of 4 o'clock." The team at Out Wellington say they learned a lot from their central city debut and are looking forward to next year's event already. The after-party, Idolised, will take place at Sub Nine from 9 pm tonight featuring The Glamazons and Rosita Vai.    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Saturday, 1st March 2008 - 6:20pm

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