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Beaver Queen Pageant

Posted by DID 30 May 2012 One Comment

Photo courtesy of Saleem Reshamwala (who makes awesome videos at kidethnic.com)

It’s Beaver season in Durham and this weekend is the 8th annual Beaver Queen Pageant. The Beaver Queen Pageant is one of those events where you shrug your shoulders, chuckle a bit and proclaim “only in Durham.”

The annual Beaver Queen Pageant is a family-friendly event that raises funds and awareness for the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, which has saved 150 acres along the creek. There are elaborate costumes, ridiculous performances, live music, food trucks, charitable donations, pageantry, double entendres and lots and lots of tail. It’s a lot of fun.

Photo courtesy of Saleem Reshamwala (who makes awesome videos at kidethnic.com)

The actual competition (dirty as it is – judges are easily bribed) includes formal wear, quality of tail, talent and wetland-ready wear. Winner is determined by how much money each contestant raises by the end of the pageant.

Photo courtesy of Saleem Reshamwala (who makes awesome videos at kidethnic.com)

Last year we watched as Scarlet O’Beava turned over her crowned to Fur Pelton John after he wheeled out a grand piano constructed out of cardboard during the talent portion of the competition. This year’s pageant has a circus theme and contestants include Furrah Gnawsett-Major (married to Major the Bull), Down Under Beaver, Bailar Beaver (our favorite for style and dance moves), Dr. Jekyll & Mrs. Beaver, Marilyn DamHo and Taco Belle.

Get to Duke Park on the early side, bring a blanket, picnic and cash for voting and swag. If you’re bringing kids, you may want to throw in a bathing suit as kiddie pools and water guns are abundant. To attend is free, but votes are a dollar a piece and voting repeatedly is strongly encouraged. This is a not-to-be-missed Durham event.

The crowd

2010's Pageant Winner Scarlet O'Beava

May the best Beaver win!
Preshow starts at 4 pm, pageant starts at 5 pm
Duke Park
106  W. Knox St.
For more information or to vote early: Beaver Lodge Local 1504

One Comment »

  • Michael Spink said:

    Sounds like a great community event and now I know how to fill my evening. I’d like to add folks can start the afternoon at another great community event, Co-Op-A-Fair at Diamond View Park from 11-3. This is a FREE, family and community focused festival to promote North Carolina communities and cooperatives…entertainment, children’s activities, give-aways and more!


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