All hail the Slug Queen

Broadsheet (via Salon) is awesome as usual today with “All hail the slug queen!”, about a Slug Queen contest which takes place every year in Eugene, OR:

“Men and women alike vie for the title, which features costumes with handmade fabric ‘slime trails,’ and adopt crazy names, like the 1993 winner, Queen Bananita Sluginsky. According to the Journal, ‘It began because some rebellious local politicians wanted to make a snide statement about other Oregon pageants — Portland’s Rose Queen, Lebanon’s Strawberry Queen and the state’s Miss Rodeo.’

But what started as a snide statement has devolved (evolved?) into a beloved local tradition — one whose winners aren’t your typical Miss Americas (and, presumably, the Slug Queen contest does not involve a bathing suit competition). Now, that’s a beauty contest I can get behind.”

This article on the Wall Street Journal goes a bit more in-depth as to the general attributes of this contest – which, of course, is brought forth by the “Society for the Legitimization of the Ubiquitous Gastropod.” Check out the flier:


Meet the queens (“New. Old. Very Old and Exquisitely Old.”) here, the process of “getting slugged” here, and answer the age-old question of “What is a Slug Queen?” here.

My concluding thoughts: kinda weird, potentially kinda awkward, but also kinda cool. However, this is coming from a girl who went to a University with the allmighty Banana Slug as its mascot. I also hate traditional beauty contests. So there.

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