He’s Queenstown’s biggest drag


For the second year running, marketing consultant and personal trainer Mark Wilson is Queenstown’s biggest drag. 

Wilson, dubbed Miss Inappropriate, won the hotly-contested American Express Queenstown Winter Festival’s MoreFM drag race at Earnslaw Park yesterday. 

Wilson pipped Feast’s Scott ‘Wilma Ballsdrop’ Conway and Roost’s Mark ‘Robin Banks’ Pullar in the final. 

The 19th festival drag race attracted 12 local businessmen and personalities who donned push-up bras, make-up and tight women’s clothing before attacking the obstacle course in high heels. 

John Cameron Builders’ JD ‘Ivana Felchalot’ Marrable again won Miss Personality while SkyCity’s Andrew ‘Queen of Tarts’ Gray took out the coveted Miss Friendly title. 

Pullar also won Miss Photogenic and Richie ‘Helga Yankabollockoff’ Heap from Hoamz won Best Dressed.
Mountain Scene editor Ryan ‘Queen@Scene’ Keen, who suffered a slight ankle sprain during his heat, won a consolation prize of Best Accessory for ridiculously big heels. 

Festival manager Lisa Buckingham says the crowd was revelling in the “madness”. 

Earlier the Cup & Cake Challenge, a twist on the good old egg and spoon race, saw competitors race around an intricate obstacle course while trying to keep their beautifully decorated cupcakes intact. 

The final challenge was to eat the cupcake for the win, with Queenstowner James MacPherson taking it out by almost inhaling his one. 

The Tug of War, event six in the ‘10 days, 10 events Pub on Wharf Challenge’, was taken out by Hadley’s Heroes from local business Hadley’s Consultants boosting their overall score. 

Teams from Queenstown’s top hotels competed to be crowned ‘Hosts with the Most’ in the QRC Hospitality Race. The Mighty Mercurians from Mercure Queenstown Resort seized the title. 

Coming up on the festival schedule tonight is the first of three performances of Picasso at the Lapin Agile. 

It’s at 8pm in the International Departure Lounge of Queenstown Airport. For the next three evenings, the Storming Theatre Co-op presents Steve Martin’s hilarious and moving story of a meeting between Einstein and Picasso, set in a Paris bar in 1905. 

Tonight’s George FM Aprés Ski session is with DJ Dan Aux who hits the decks at Boiler Room, Steamer Wharf from 9pm. 

Today pooches and working dogs are up Coronet Peak for the usually chaotic dog derby at noon followed by the barking contest at 3pm at Earnslaw Park.

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