Drag race for Rock­a­billy

Northern Outlook - - WHAT’S ON -

Don your dresses for Rock­a­billy Show and Shine.

This year’s Rock­a­billy Show and Shine will fea­ture a brand new event - the inau­gu­ral Drag Race.

Event or­gan­iser Rob­bie Baigent said the idea was to get the guys into the girls dresses and wigs and have a bit of fun.

‘‘There will be a run­ning race around or through the event, and there may or many not be ob­sta­cles in the way.’’

He said the an­nual Belle and Beau was a more more se­ri­ous event and the Drag Race was cre­ated to add some­thing a bit more fun for the crowd and to get some laughs.

‘‘We’ve got some great prizes – the win­ner can choose from a $500 win­dow tint voucher from North Can­ter­bury Tint­ing and Vinyl or a $500 air brush­ing voucher from In­sane Cus­toms Air­brush­ing and Pin­strip­ing.’’

Baigent said he’s got about a dozen com­peti­tors set to go, but would like to see another ten or so join them. ’’No ex­pe­ri­ence nec­es­sary,’’ he said.

The Drag Race is ex­pected to get un­der­way around mid­day, with the Belle and Beau com­pe­ti­tion hap­pen­ing right after­ward.

Baigent said a pre-event cruise will leave Bish­op­dale at 6.30pm and end at the New Brighton slow road and pedes­trian mall. ’’We’re ex­pect­ing around 100 or more cars to come along, but you never know. It of­ten de­pends on the weather,’’ he said. The Pis­tons will be play­ing in the mall and there will be fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment pro­vided.

Satur­day will see cars, live mu­sic from lo­cal Rock­a­billy band Candy and the Rock­ets, and Back­seat Ban­dits from Hamil­ton along with plenty of kids en­ter­tain­ment and around 100 mar­ket stalls.

An evening of Rock­a­billy fol­lows the event at the Speights Ale House in Fer­rymead, fea­tur­ing Rock­a­billy band Boom Boom Deluxe from Auck­land. Tick­ets for that still avail­able through Eventbrite or on the day - $30 per head in­clud­ing sup­per.

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