Bill Gaiter at the Post Office Hotel was one of last year’s colourful pub crawl characters. This year there will be all of the fun but a new name and changes to make it a safer event.
Bill Gaiter at the Post Office Hotel was one of last year’s colourful pub crawl characters. This year there will be all of the fun but a new name and changes to make it a safer event.

Annual pub crawl adopts changes

GLASS is out, so is heavy beer and the crawl has turned into a fest.

Big changes are in store for Maryborough’s annual pub crawl this year, with plastic cups, light beer and water breaks all to be enforced.

The changes are meant to make the crawl safer for participants, hotel staff and the general public.

But the crawl is no longer a crawl. From now on its the World’s Greatest Pub Fest a new name introduced to reflect the event’s festival feel.

“It really is quite a festive atmosphere, with people dressing up and really having fun,” councillor Anne Nioa said.

“We are working towards other changes too, along with the liquor licensing division, and for us these new initiatives mean it will be a safer, happier and more fun event.”

The Office of Gaming and Liquor Regulation yesterday confirmed that special conditions would be placed on licensees because of the nature of the event.

Some hotels would also have to apply to extend their licensed areas to accommodate the crowd.

“Hotels have already been advised of the changes, which will include serving no heavy beer,” Ms Nioa said.

“Alcohol supplier Diageo has also come on board to sponsor the new Smart Shout program.

“Twice during the festival, service of alcohol will stop for a short period and water will be provided free.”

Ms Nioa said the renamed World’s Greatest Pub Fest is set to be bigger than last year’s event.

The 2009 crawl was a world-record breaker, with more than 4600 people hitting 13 pubs over a seven-hour period.

Planning is well under way for this year’s event, which will have a blue theme and support a prostate cancer charity.

One dollar from every crawl card sold will go towards prostate cancer support and research.

Those looking to dress up for the occasion can share in $1500 prize money.

Judging criteria will be posted on the pub crawl website well before the Sunday, June 13, event.



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