Drag’s very own mini-Olympics, the Sydney Fringe Festival Annual Drag Race Meet, rumbles onto Bondi Beach this Saturday. The competition is sure to be tough, with Miss Dolly in the running to win her third consecutive Miss Overall Best and Fairest and Crowd Favourite titles.
Vanessa Wagner, who has hosted the event for the past seven years, told Sydney Star Observer this week that spectators should expect scandal, colour and hopefully not too much sunburn. Entrants would also be expected to tackle something called the impossible sit-up ritual as perfected by Queensland surf lifesaving clubs, Wagner warned. She refused to be drawn on what that move involved.
People who are interested in registering for the event are urged to call the Fringe Office on 9365 0112. Members of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence will also be on hand to bless the event and all who run within her.
It’s never too late to participate, Wagner said. Just because the Olympics are over, it doesn’t mean that we’re not a sport-mad nation.
When asked about Miss Dolly’s chances of winning for a third consecutive year, Wagner was characteristically dry.
Vanessa’s very capricious, and she may just decide that the person who comes last this time is the one who should get the medal, she said. This may be Vanessa’s own personal International Year of the Underdog.
The Sydney Fringe Festival Annual Drag Race Meet takes place this Saturday at Bondi Beach, starting at 5pm.