The Oompa Loompas were dressed in orange and enjoying the party at the Aussie Hotel in Maryborough yesterday.
The Oompa Loompas were dressed in orange and enjoying the party at the Aussie Hotel in Maryborough yesterday. Nat Bromhead Frapubfest

Final crawl fun for all

MARYBOROUGH didn't beat its own record, but thousands of people still decked themselves out as their favourite superheros for the last ever Pub Fest.

Oompa Loompas, Marvel characters, orange angels and hundreds of others lined Maryborough streets to have a drink and raise money for the local State Emergency Service.

More than 100 people entered the costume competition, which judges managed to narrow down to just three winners.

A group dressed as Orange Sirens won the group costume prize, while the super-sized Super Lego man took out the best individual prize.

The No Gary No team, dressed as characters from an anti-smoking ad, won the judges' choice award.

Judge Ashley Stackman said entrants were judged on originality, team song or war cry, colour and effort, and how well they stuck to the superhero and orange themes.

“The judging was hard, there were quite a lot of stand outs,” he said.

Groups came dressed as Where's Wally, prisoners, ninjas and a Captain Crawl.

Imbil resident Fran Ciancio joined her friend Helen Dorian, both decked out in orange capes, for her first ever pub crawl.

“I don't want it to be my last,” she said.

Mrs Dorian said she had been blown away by the enthusiastic crowd in her fourth time at the pub crawl.

SES volunteer Cecilia Hackett spent the day collecting donations for the Maryborough branch, which has previously helped at Anzac Day parades, the Maryborough Show, and even at the Pub Fest being held in the organisation's honour.

“It is fantastic it (the pub fest) is supporting a local organisation,” she said.

“It's a bit sad to know it's the last one.”

One dollar from the sale of each pub crawl card will be donated to the local SES.



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