GEARING UP: Pro Bull Riding Live Serie Tour events manager Dianne Hallam keeps an eye on work as the bull riding ring is set up on Seafront Oval. INSET: The Evil Jesters, Steven Thompson, Daniel Wroe and Zac Bradshaw prepare for the World’s Greatest PubFest.
GEARING UP: Pro Bull Riding Live Serie Tour events manager Dianne Hallam keeps an eye on work as the bull riding ring is set up on Seafront Oval. INSET: The Evil Jesters, Steven Thompson, Daniel Wroe and Zac Bradshaw prepare for the World’s Greatest PubFest. Alistair Brightman

Fun times bring boost with two big events tomorrow

THE Fraser Coast will come alive today and tomorrow with two major events for Hervey Bay and Maryborough expected to attract more than 8000 people.

While the Pro Bull Riding (PBR) Tour will thrill at Seafront Oval audience tonight with daring cowboy stunts, revellers in the Heritage City could be left exhausted after Sunday's 13 venue Maryborough PubFest crawl.

But the publicans and bull-riders won't be the only winners - the Fraser Coast economy is set to benefit from the action-packed Labour Day long weekend.

PBR organiser Dianne Hallam expected about 3000 people to attend, and about half would be visiting from outside the Fraser Coast.

"People will be coming from all over to watch or ride or set up," she said.

"With tourism dollars (we're looking at) thousands upon thousands of dollars - the benefits to the local economy are enormous."

If 5000-plus revellers turn up to help paint the Heritage City red for the World's Greatest PubFest tomorrow, organiser Brendan Heit will be a happy man.

The year's worth of planning done by himself and the other publicans involved will have been worth it, with a new Guinness world record at stake. The current record for the world's biggest pub-crawl is held by Kansas City, USA, with 4885 crawlers - but Mr Heit hopes to reclaim the title.

"It definitely puts Maryborough on the map, especially because we are going for the record, which attracts people from outside the region," he said.

To have their passport counted towards the record, every pub crawler will need to have at least 10 venues stamped off with the purchase of a drink.

Accommodation providers in the Heritage City have already benefited from the flow-on affects - last year's visiting PubFest revellers who pre-booked for this year swapped their stays from June to the new May 1 date.

Ferry St's Blue Shades Motel manager Harry Dranan said two-thirds of his rooms were booked for tomorrow.

"It does generate a lot of economy in town, while (sic) they have to eat as well, as far as I know a lot of motels are the same," he said.



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