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Bringing a dose of sexy to a week of geek

Sequined suspenders, plaid miniskirt and pleather keep ’em screaming for more

It took a lot more than suspenders and taped glasses to win the Revenge of the Queens drag show Thursday night hosted at El Rancho Bar.



The winner, Philip Powell (aka Phil-eesha Phil-ya-up), was decked out in a sequined minidress, blonde wig and stiletto high heels for his drag-queen performance.

A rambunctious crowd cheered on a total of 12 contestants as they strutted, stumbled and shimmied down the runway during the drag show, which was resurrected last year after a several-years hiatus.

While co-organizer Jennifer LaCroix admitted this year’s geek theme was more challenging for a drag costume than last year, contestants found a way to add their own geeky touches to almost every outfit. Sequined suspenders, a plaid miniskirt and a bright orange fanny all made an appearance on the runway.

But the theme of geek didn’t mean there wasn’t plenty of skin flashing across the runway.

Ethan Riser, dressed up in nothing more than a Princess Leia-style bikini gave a risque nod to Star Wars nerds, and Cody Birk put a naughty schoolgirl twist on the geek theme with a pink miniskirt and half-buttoned collared shirt.

This year’s contestants had a much easier set of tasks than last year, when each of the participants had to limbo under a pole, carry a tray of shot glasses while sashaying through a line of traffic cones and hula hoop for as long as possible.

After a few contestants last year almost fell off the runway, organizers decided hula hooping was “a bit too dangerous,” LaCroix said. She said she hoped the event would be more streamlined this year than last.

This year, each contestant first had to carry a tray of shot glasses and serve a few in the thirsty crowd. Craig Hozingo, wearing a black miniskirt and high-heeled pleather boots, brought two bare-chested bodyguards with him as he teetered across the runway while Tirzah Camacho broke out dance moves that drove the crowd wild. One of the bolder women near the runway tried to sneak a dollar bill into his tighty whiteys as Camacho shimmied past.

Participants’ second challenge was to do their best impression of the El Rancho walk of shame. Some of the male participants interpreted the task as an invitation to take off their shirts and shed their stuffed bras, baring their chests to the crowd. Others skillfully stumbled across the stage, pretending the cheering crowd was a group of skeptical early birds on Main Avenue.

Similar to last year, the vast majority of drag-queen contestants signed up the day of the event, including Buddy Gurnari and his wife, Debbie Gurnari. The couple had attended the Shuckin’ Suckin’ Oyster Eating Contest at the Highway 3 Roadhouse earlier in the afternoon and, after a few drinks at the Irish Embassy, decided they should switch clothes and enter the drag-queen contest, Buddy Gurnari said. He was dressed in hiking boots, a plaid mini skirt and a cheerleader sweater that left more than a sliver of his round tummy exposed, while his wife had the air of a nerdy office worker with a button-down shirt that was caught into the zipper of her khaki pants.

Though the contest was just a hair above organized chaos, the crowd didn’t seem to notice and roared with approval each time the contestants came on stage.

The drag queens, meanwhile, were happy to bask in the spotlight.



ecowan@durangoherald.com

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Today’s Snowdown events

Snowdown T-shirt Day, all day.

Build Your Own Spaceship Contest, 9 a.m., Pine River Valley Bank, 1701 Main Ave.

Snowdown Scrounging Scavenger Hunt Judging, 10 a.m., Elks Lodge, 901 East Second Ave. (Ninth Street entrance).

Waiter/Waitress Race, 1 p.m., Steamworks (in the alley behind), 801 East Second Ave., 903-2403, 259-9200.

Snowdown Dawg Eating Contest, 2 p.m., The Original Durango Dawg House, 600 Main Ave., (443) 416-5406, (443) 564-7031.

Rate “F” for Family, 2-5 p.m., Durango Discovery Museum, 1333 Camino del Rio, 403-1861, 403-1742.

Up Your Geek: Recycle and Sled, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Buckley Park, 1200 Main Ave., 903-1766, 799-6618.

Pee Pee Boy Pee Off, 3 p.m., White Dragon Tea Room, 820 Main Ave., 769-1022, 385-7300.

Foursquared (4²) Tournament, 3:30 p.m., Durango Welcome Center, 802 Main Ave., 828-1039, 828-1035.

12th annual Snowdown Spaghetti Dinner, early seating, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Elk’s Lodge, 901 East Second Ave., www.durangowintersports.org, 749-2305, 729-1774.

Snowdown Firework!, 6 p.m., Main Avenue.

Snowdown Light Parade, 6 p.m., Main Avenue from College Drive to 12th Street, 749-1350, 946-6660, www.snowdown.org.

12th annual Snowdown Spaghetti dinner, late seating, 7 p.m., Elk’s Lodge, 901 East Second Ave.

Ski Softball, 7 p.m., Fort Lewis College Softball Complex, 247-2211.

Snowdown Veteran’s Benefit Dance/Steve Urkel Look Alike Contest with Ralph Dinosaur, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., American Legion Post 28, 878 East Second Ave., 903-2424

Snowdown Follies, 7:30 p.m., Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave., and Durango Arts Center Theatre, 802 East Second Ave., www.snowdownfollies.org

Chapman Challenge 3.0 Uphill/Downhill Race, 7:30 p.m. Chapman Hill Ski Area, 500 Florida Road, 247-8728.

Karaoke Contest, 8 p.m., 8th Avenue Tavern, 509 East Eighth Ave.

360 Xbox Madden Competition, 8 p.m., Bent Urban Sports Bar, 42 East Animas Road (County Road 250) Suite 400, Ptarmigan Center.

Light Parade Awards, 8 p.m., Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.

Dylithium Crystal Ball, 8 p.m., La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave., 759-0763.

Music Geek Trivia, 8 p.m., Derailed Saloon & Eatery, 725 Main Ave., (847) 852-0920, 247-5440.

Rock Paper Scissors, 9 p.m., Brew Pub & Kitchen, 117 W. College Drive, 903-8058, 903-0005.

Snowdown Follies, 10 p.m., Henry Strater Theatre and Durango Arts Center Theatre.

Pole Dancing Contest, 10 p.m., Pongas, 121 W. Eighth St.

Bringing a dose of sexy to a week of geek

The crowd at El Rancho Tavern goes wild Thursday night for Tirzah Camacho’s character, “Billy Bob Door Knob,” who took third place in the Revenge of the Queens drag show.
Tony Casale reacts to some of the shenanigans on the catwalk during the Revenge of the Queens drag show.
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