Jungle book characters Hayley Wolff, Taylor Gierky, Lauren Robba, Micheala Sanderson and Gavin Soper at the Aussie hotel during Pub Fest.
Jungle book characters Hayley Wolff, Taylor Gierky, Lauren Robba, Micheala Sanderson and Gavin Soper at the Aussie hotel during Pub Fest. Nat Bromhead

Majority back Pub Fest

MORE than 75% of residents questioned in an informal poll conducted by the Fraser Coast Chronicle after the 2011 Pub Fest believe the event should be here to stay.

Of the 50 people polled, 37 residents agree the Pub Fest should be an annual fixture, nine citizens disagree with its continuation in the future and four people remain undecided as to what should be the fate of the event which began in 2005 as a world record attempt.

Donna Josefski, of Maryborough, said the pub crawl was a positive inclusion in the city's annual events.

“The festival always creates a fun atmosphere, and it's certainly not about the consumption of alcohol,” Ms Josefski said.

Also sharing the majority's mindset was Steven Harmsworth, 20, of Robin's Nest Café in Maryborough's CBD.

While tourists flocked to the town to take part in the long weekend's festivities, many businesses enjoyed the advantages of the population influx.

“On Sunday, business was roughly three times better than it usually is,” Mr Harmsworth said.

However, not all citizens agree that the Pub Fest should continue into the future.

John and Linda Loftus of Maryborough are not certain that the event attracts a positive representation of the city.

“The pub crawl is degrading and presents a negative image of Maryborough. Rather than having this event as an attraction for our city, we should be reflecting in some way on our old heritage,” Mr Loftus said.

Many people suggested more variety in entertainment would improve the festival if it was to continue, with suggestions of increasing the number of musicians and introducing different styles.



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