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11th Annual Beaver Queen Pageant Saturday June 6th!

passing judgement on best beaver tails

Past Pageant Queens Passing Judgement on Best Beaver Tails
Photo courtesy Aaron Zalonis Photography

The 11th Annual Beaver Queen Pageant, a free and fun event, will be held on Saturday, June 6th in the meadow at Duke Park (Acadia at Knox Street) in Durham. Pre-pageant activities will begin at 4pm, and the pageant will start at 5pm. The theme for this year’s pageant is “Beavers do Bollywood!”


Dancing Unicorn
Photo courtesy Aaron Zalonis Photography

The Beaver Queen Pageant is one of Durham’s marquee events and is rich in the history and culture of the community. Started in 2005 by members of the Duke Park neighborhood in order to protect beavers from a potentially harmful road construction project; it has grown into a large scale event that attracts hundreds of people from all over the Triangle who are interested in protecting wetlands and want to give a helping hand to beavers. It is a free, family-friendly beaver ‘beauty pageant’ that is a creative outlet for both the contestants and the audience.

Frank Stasio

MC Frank Stasio of NPR
Photo courtesy Aaron Zalonis Photography

As with every pageant the five beaver-drag contestants will walk the swamp-way in their evening gown attire, participate in an interview, and showcase their skills in the talent section.  The judges are anything but impartial as the audience ‘bribes’ them to support the performer they like the best, adding to the entertainment value of the event. WUNC’s Frank Stasio will serve as emcee for the fourth straight year.

Crowd in the Meadow at Duke Park
Photo courtesy Aaron Zalonis Photography

This annual event in Duke Park is a hit with kids of all ages due to the outrageous costumes and audience engagement. More than just being fun, it honors diversity, supports community, promotes creativity, and adds to the uniqueness of Durham. Food trucks on site will include Only Burger, Sympathy for the Deli, Pie Pushers, and The Parlour. There will also be a Locopops cart and a Scrap Exchange booth where people of all ages can make their own beaver tails! Dressing up is encouraged.

The Judges

The Judges
Photo courtesy Aaron Zalonis Photography

The event is a fundraiser for the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association and its purpose is to raise awareness of our community’s waterways and pockets of nature, and to raise money to help protect and restore these precious resources for all to enjoy.

Bulltown Strutters

The Bulltown Strutters
Photo courtesy Aaron Zalonis Photography

ECWA encourages community involvement with Ellerbe Creek and the land alongside it, through workdays, nature hikes, and outreach into schools and neighborhoods that border the creek. Long-term goals for the organization include creating an interconnected network of trails and nature preserves linking downtown to Falls Lake, restoring water quality and habitat in Ellerbe Creek, and creating spaces for people in the community to enjoy.

...and the winner is Furrah Gnawsett-Majors

2012 Queen Furrah Gnawsett-Majors
Photo courtesy Aaron Zalonis Photography

11th Annual Beaver Queen Pageant
Date: Saturday June 6th
Time: 4pm (pre-pageant fun) 5pm (pageant begins)
Location: Duke Park in Durham (Acadia at Knox Street)

Photos used with permission from Aaron Zalonis Photography. Visit his 2012 Beaver Queen Pageant photo album on flickr here.


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Weekend Picks! May 31st – June 2nd

Weekly Stuff

This weekend is jam packed with fun events. My list of picks features everything from celebrating the Triangle’s 25 Stylish movers and shakers, to food truck rodeos and dixieland jazz bands. See below for my full list of things to check out this weekend. Enjoy!

Friday May 31st

Carolina Style Magazine -Triangle’s 25 Most Stylish People
Join Carolina STYLE Magazine as we celebrate the 25 Most Stylish fashionistas, business leaders, socialites and philanthropists who are influencing positive change right here in the Triangle.

Begin your evening with photos on the STYLE Red Carpet, and make sure to smile for the cameras! Event is held at the gorgeous AIA Center for Architecture and Design and preview live fashion exhibits by featured designers. Complimentary Hors d’ Oeuvres & Open Bar.

When: Friday 7-10pm
Where: AIA Center for Architecture & Design in Raleigh
More Info: website

Decatur Street  Dixieland Band at Papa Mojo’s Road House
The Decatur Street Beat Dixieland Band has played foot stomping; toe tapping, New Orleans style Dixieland music since 2004. The group is made up of experienced Dixieland musicians, Dick Sloane – trombone, Keith Longmire – clarinet and saxophone, Mike Acquesta – banjo, and Irv Eisen – tuba. They bring to central North Carolina and the world what they feel is the happiest and liveliest music and you can’t help but feel their enthusiasm and love for the sounds of Decatur Street in New Orleans.

When: Friday 9 pm
Where: Papa Mojo’s Road House in Durham
Tickets: $8
More Info: website

Saturday June 1st

Help One Now Community Garage Sale
HUGE community garage sale at Hope Community Church in Raleigh to raise money for children rescued from human trafficking in Haiti.  The garage sale party that will feature moonbounces, games, food, and of course, good garage sale deals! People have been encouraged to sell their excess (not just junk), so expect great items for sale!

When: Saturday 7am-noon
Where: Hope Community Church- Raleigh
More Info: wesbite

FOOD WAGGIN’ Food Truck Rodeo to Benefit the SPCA
Chow down for a great cause! Bring your friends, bring your dogs, and enjoy the company of fellow animal lovers.  Enjoy fare from local Triangle food trucks, live music from ROCKSHOW, and a children’s play area. Confirmed food trucks include: Chirba Chirba Dumpling, Klausie’s Pizza, Captain Ponchos Tacos, Chick-N-Que and Porchetta. Each participating food truck will donate 10% of their sales to the SPCA, AND Wilkinson will match their donations dollar for dollar!

When: Saturday 1-5pm
Where: Wilkinson Supply Co. ~ 3300 Bush Street Raleigh, NC
More Info: website

Rebus Works Food Truck Rodeo & Gouge Wrestling
Free family fun event! The food trucks have offered to donate some of their profit to help pay for wrestling and the rest will go towards The Saturday Market. Not a rasslin fan? How about great food truck food (There will be 8 local food trucks), cold beer (including beer from several local breweries) and a nice spring evening outdoors. Maybe check out some really cool art at Rebus as well.

When: Saturday 5-9pm
Where: Rebus Works (301-2 Kinsey Street) in Raleigh
More Info: website

9th Annual Beaver Queen Pageant
The Beaver Queen Pageant is a family-friendly event with lots to charm the younger spectators, as well as the older ones. Bring a picnic, blanket, and chairs, and cheer on your favorite contestants! The pre-show entertainment begins at 4pm at Duke Park, and the pageant kicks off at 5pm with the parade featuring this year’s contestants. This year’s theme is “The Big Beaver Revival”. The contestants’ talents will dazzle you! Their costumes will amaze you! You never know what to expect from our crafty beavers.Proceeds from the pageant go to the Ellerbee Creek Watershed Association.

When: Saturday 4-7:30pm
Where: Duke Park Meadow in Durham
More Info: website

Sunday June 2nd

Raleigh 70.3 Ironman
This will be the first half-IronMan event held in Raleigh. The event features over 2,000 competitors starting off with a 1.2 mile swim at Jordan Lake, followed by a 56 mile bike course going through Chatham County and Wake County before entering downtown Raleigh where a 13.1 mile run course will take athletes to the finish on Fayetteville Street. Check out the event website for the various course maps and head on out to cheer on the competitors!

When: Sunday (All Morning)
Where: Various Locations – Wake, Durham, Orange County (See Website)
More Info: website


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