The Annual Beaver Queen Pageant is a free event on Saturday, June 01, 2019, at Duke Park, 106 W Knox St, Durham. Specifically, it’s at the meadow at Duke Park (Acadia at Knox Street).
Pre-pageant activities take start at 4 p.m. and the pageant starts at 5 p.m. It lasts about 90 minutes, and the whole event ends at 7 p.m.
You can vote (early and often) for your favorite contestant. Each vote costs $5. You can vote online before the pageant or onsite at the voting booth or through your mobile device.
All funds raised support the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association.
You are also welcome to bribe the judges with cash or anything else.
The Beaver Queen Pageant is Durham’s own special mix of folly, pageantry, and humor. Contestants take on personalities: Fur Pelton John, the Beave Whisperer and Furrabella-Conchita Carramba.
As with every Beaver Queen Pageant, the contestants introduce themselves in their wetlands ready wear, participate in an interview in their finest evening wear, and showcase their unique talent.
Beav Aldrin, the 2014 Queen, performed an aerial routine on silks. Furrah Gnawsett-Major, the 2012 Queen, played the Star Wars theme on the clarinet while hula hooping.
This year’s theme, Damilton, promises to attract characters and talent of vaguely familiar forms. WUNC’s Frank Stasio will once again serve as emcee.
In addition to the fun and the frolic, you’ll find:
- A Scrap Exchange tent where you can construct your very own beaver tail and costume
- Food Trucks out on the road (Pie Pushers and Only Burger)
- A Locopops cart and a lemonade stand (Fahsyrah’s Lemonade) in the meadow to wet your whistle
- A voting booth where you can cast your ballot for your favorite contestant (votes are $5/each)
- A place to buy BQP merchandise (because you have always wanted a Peace. Love. Beaver sticker, hat, and shirt)
- A kiddie area with hoses and water toys
- A safety tent (also a place to find lost friends and children)