By Heather Corder
The fourth annual Drag Bingo event allowed students to have a great time with friends while enjoying the entertaining drag queen, Roxy Woods.
The BSC’s Ursa Minor was filled with balloons and vibrant colors as students cheered loudly for their winning bingo spots.
Held on Friday in the BSC, Drag Bingo was a chance for students to have bingo for free and have the opportunity to win more than $600 worth of prizes.
Prizes included a mini iPad, bronco bucks, a Cal Poly Pomona sweater, a movie bundle and gift cards.
Associated Students, Inc. BEAT and CPP’s Pride Center put much effort into preparing for the event.
Students were separated into groups to help out with contracting with performers and decorations.
Performers were brought from Hamburger May’s, a drag queen bar and grille in West Hollywood that also host events.
“Bingo Boy,” the company involved with drag bingo, travels to different places for this exciting event.
This event is held every two years at CPP.
After a student won, they had to run around the room as other students threw crumbled-up losing bingo cards at them, chanting “pout her.”
Each game, a different bingo combination was required to win.
There was a competition for who could get the most wins, women or men, at the end of the night. Whichever gender won was the dominant gender for the bingo night.
First-year Hospitality student Esveydi Guadalupe won the iPad mini grand prize and enjoyed her very first Drag Bingo with her roommates.
“At first I was iffy to come, but I got excited when I got here and saw the drag queen,” said Guadalupe. “I was getting pretty frustrated when I wasn’t winning, but it definitely paid off at the end when I won the mini iPad. I am still in shock. I didn’t even know people were going to dress up, but I [liked] the whole vibe. I am definitely going to come back.”
Students were encouraged to dress up like the opposite gender, to tie into the “drag” theme.
For females who failed to dress up, fake mustaches were handed out at the door.
Woods, the entertainment for the night, was not hesitant in showing off her outfit. She wore a sleek, little red dress with black high-heeled boots and an extravagant white bow in her hair.
She picked the bingo numbers out and read them aloud to the participants. As she did this, she cracked funny jokes and singled out people in the audience. The crowd laughed continuously.
A bingo square packet and a marker were given to each student as they entered the door. Several tables were set up in the room for an expected big turn out.
Fourth-year Biology student and Pride Center representative Andy Ruiz was pleased with the turnout.
“It is the first Friday of the Cultural Center, so there are a lot of people,” said Ruiz. “ASI also did this event with the drag show, and it’s good to have these two events tied together. We put this event on as a way of challenging the gender standard.”
The drag fashion show was held in the BSC’s Ursa Major immediately following the Drag Bingo.
Regular attendee of the Drag Bingo and sixth-year Psychology student Opal Grant appreciates the event every year with friends and likes to see everyone dress up.
“I love it; that’s why I come back,” said Grant.
Grant did not win any prizes, but came for the people and to show her support for the LGBT community.
“It promotes an atmosphere of equality and a fun sense of different pride,” said Grant.
Free food was also given out at the event, such as chicken tenders, egg rolls, mac ‘n’ cheese bites, pot stickers and drinks.
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