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Beaver Queen Pageant

Also, yesterday we went to my most favoritist local event, the Beaver Queen Pageant! It is a yearly event to raise funds for the Ellerbe Creek Watershed (thereby protecting the local beaver population), and is filled with many tragic puns and double entendres and overall abuse of the words beaver, tail, and dam. Different people compete to become the Beaver Queen and their friends bribe the judges to ensure that they win.



It was a good turnout this year, despite the fact that recent rains left the area in front of the stage a temporary wetland.

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Magical Mystery Beaver played all your old favorites, such as "I'll never be your beaver burden" and "I can't get no beaveraction" and "La Beaver" and, well, like I said, many puns.

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Cigarette girls (In the center with a big blonde beaverhive) sell beaver schwag (including votes). Rebecca and I did that last year and it was fun, but I enjoyed just being able to relax and enjoy the talent competition this year

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Queen Elizabeaver had the best tail of them all. Very regal!

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Mel is a fan!

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The fading light (time-management is apparently not a skill beavers possess) and distance from the stage made it difficult to photograph the contestants, but the skills demonstrated by the contestants included beaver taming, sword-dancing and demon-slaying, and, crowd-favorite, excellent use of a slip-n-slide.

You can kinda see in front of the tent, Durga Beaver mounted on the back of her giant beaver.

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After the Beaver Whisperer was crowned Queen, Magical Mystery Beaver serenaded us all out of the park with a lovely rendition of "Beaver Queen".



Peace, Love, and Beavers, Durham.

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Comments

( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
beekerzwhirled
Jun. 8th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
so much fun! how do i not know about things like this?!
nirethak
Jun. 8th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
They do a really crappy job promoting it, honestly. One of Rebecca's friends is an organizer which is how we knew about it.
(Anonymous)
Jun. 8th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
Promotion
we're all a bunch of amateurs when it comes to marketing. really. i have no idea how we've raised almost $10,000 over the past two years for ECWA.

but we'd love to have your help in promoting the 2010 pageant.

Stop by the website at http://BeaverLodgeLocal1504.org and let us know how to reach you. we usually start planning for the pageant in February.
nirethak
Jun. 10th, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Promotion
I would like that! It's a very fun event and I'd like to get my community organizing hat back on!
(Anonymous)
Jun. 8th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
Poor promotion
Durham Magazine estimated over 1000 in attendance. It may not have had widespread publicity, but still had a great turnout. If the past 5 years are any indication, it will be bigger yet next year.
nirethak
Jun. 10th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Poor promotion
It sure did have a good turnout. In fact, it was one of the first things I noted.
(Anonymous)
Jun. 9th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
viral marketing
anyone in the know knows. anyone in the know can call anybody--all are welcome. we try to stay off the radar of the "officials".

we are glad you found us and the cops didn't.
(Anonymous)
Jun. 10th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
Re: viral marketing
considering the city Manager and at least one city council member (who has been a BQP judge in the past) were there, i don't know how far off the radar we are. And with the host of The State Of Things, who had an "amazing" time, serving as a judge this year, i assume that avenue of publicity will be open next year if we want it.

The cops already know about the pageant, too.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v181/bragin/BeaverPageant2006/judges3.jpg
nirethak
Jun. 10th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
Re: viral marketing
...I don't think the guy from the village people is a real cop...
(j/k -- that's an awesome photo)
(Anonymous)
Jun. 10th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
FYI
there was an announcement and an article in the durham herald; two announcements in durham magazine, plus an article on their electronic site; an announcement in the independent; announcements and interviews on WXDU; a facebook group and facebook event invite; it was announced and discussed extensively on durham neighborhood listservs; several local and well-read bloggers discussed it . . . plus a lot of word of mouth, handouts, and pre-pageant events, such as the beaver tail exhibit at the scrap exchange. i'd say the increasing crowds are pretty impressive for an event that started out with a couple dozen neighbors and a kid's karaoke machine.
nirethak
Jun. 10th, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
Re: FYI
Certainly. Um, did anyone actually read the actual blog post, or just the one comment where I was commiserating with a friend who had not heard about the event?
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