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Vinegar Hill ready for 1,000 LGBT campers

Mon 22 Dec 2008 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

2008's Queen of Vinegar Hill Jenni James says she's expecting over 1,000 gay and lesbian family and friends to join her at Vinegar Hill Summer Camp in the lead-up to New Years Eve. An LGBT summer camping spot for 32 years now, Vinegar Hill is set on the Rangitikie River, State Highway 54, Manawatu, five minutes north of Hunterville, within the stunning Putai Ngahere Reserve. "Some organised events include 'fashion in the field', movie nights, softball challenge, raft racing, drag king and queen shows, and other talented performers," reveals James. "You can camp in the midst of happenings or there's plenty of quiet sites to rest away the days." The annual New Years Eve Dance Party around the bonfire is sure to again rock on until the wee hours of the morning of January 1st 2009, says James. "Other pastimes include river rafting, swimming, bush walks, lazing, cricket, hacky, drinks and songs around the bonfires, sleeping, sunning and glow worm discovery - to name a few." Camp fees are $9 each person each night, with toilets and cold showers provided in the campsite, "but you will need drinking water and the rest of your camping equipment," James explains. There will be a basic supplies van and a laundry pick up visiting the camp daily. Hot showers, meals, ice, gas refills, drinking water and supplies are available 5km down the road in Hunterville. James thanks sponsors Kings and Queens NZ, 42 Below and Alchemia Vodka for their support of Vinegar Hill 2008-9. Vinegar Hill's 2008-9 Events Schedule: 24th December: Vinegar Hill Fairy Float in the Hunterville Christmas Parade 28th December: Queens Party 29th December: On the Stage - Fashion in the Field (where contestants design a costume using the natural materials of Putai Ngahere Reserve), Game show: Pick a Purse, Talent Quest: all welcome. 30th December: Movie Night: First a family movie then the adults-only movie. 31st December: On the Stage: Performers, Crowning of the new Queen. Then PARTY time, music till 4-5am. 1st January: Recovery.    

Credit: Daily News Staff

First published: Monday, 22nd December 2008 - 6:33pm

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