PubFest set for record numbers as event draws near

THERE will need to be at least 4885 people tramping Maryborough's 13 PubFest hotels in May to take back the pub crawl world record set by Kansas City in 2013.

But organiser Brendan Heit is confident the event will attract the numbers needed, despite its move from the beginning of June to May 1 this year.

The date change cost a month's extra planning time for publicans, with PubFest Passports released for sale about two weeks ago.

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With about 20 days left to go, Mr Heit will visit the Sunshine Coast this week to drum up interest in universities there.

He said radio and television advertising in the Wide Bay had begun, with plans to target Toowoomba and Rockhampton.

While thousands could turn up, Mr Heit said patrons would need to have all 13 drinking destinations stamped on their PubFest passport to be counted for the Guinness World record attempt.

His top tip is for revellers to spend one third of their time in hotels reached by foot in the Central Business District.

These include the Post Office Hotel, The Criterion, Lounge 1968, The Royal, The Federal, The Old Sydney, the Central Hotel and Portside Rotary, he said.

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But the day should mostly be spent getting to and grabbing a beverage at outlying venues, accessible by shuttle bus.

This year's PubFest theme will be horror and the chosen colour will be red.

To attempt the world record in a safe way, non-alcoholic beverages are able to be stamped off also, Mr Heit said.

"We are putting a big emphasis (on responsible drinking) this year, because there are 13 destinations in seven hours," he said.

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