Super-heroines Nicole Hawker, Carol McKeough and Claire Phillips prepare for the Pub Fest.
Super-heroines Nicole Hawker, Carol McKeough and Claire Phillips prepare for the Pub Fest. Valerie Horton Frasuperher

Expectations high for Pub Fest

THE biggest mystery surrounding this year's Pub Fest is the number of patrons crawling through Maryborough pub doors.

Organisers have estimated the number at between 10,000 and 15,000 for The Last Shout with only two days to go before the event.

Lamington Hotel manager Chris Treacy is expecting more than 10,000 people through the doors of the Tinana pub.

“It's going to get pretty crazy,” he said.

“It's a great event and we love being involved as much as everyone else loves participating.”

Mr Treacy is also one of the many lovers of the festival who is disappointed to see the end of it.

“It's a great atmosphere around the pub,” he said.

“It brings so much money and tourism to the Fraser Coast area.”

He is not alone in his disappointment, with many small businesses benefiting from the extra tourism in Maryborough.

“It's an important event for everyone in the area,” Mr Treacy said.

“The extra tourism is great and some people will come back year after year for the event.”

Pub Fest celebrations kicked off yesterday with the Maryborough Heritage Pub Fest Market with guest appearances from Superman, Wonder Woman, Spider Girl and Super Girl.

The local State Emergency Service stall was dressed with World's Greatest Pub Fest merchandise and the famous “crawl card” was on sale in preparation for the event.

Carol McKeough loves the costume aspect of Pub Fest and is excited about this year's Super Hero and Orange theme.

“The costume competition for the Pub Fest this year is going to be great,” she said.

“There are so many ways to make your own idea unique and to support the SES.”

The prizes for the best dressed are big and with thousands competing for the title of best costume stakes are high.

There is a $1000 cash prize for the best team costume entry and $500 for the best individual entry and for the judges' Last Shout Special Commendation for originality.

Pub Fest fever

  • To be part of the crazy, colourful costume competition at this year’s World’s Greatest Pub Fest, you will need to visit Costume Central at the front of Maryborough’s Courthouse in Richmond St.
  • Judging will run from 10am until 2pm and the lucky winners will be announced later in the afternoon.



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