Australia Day at Mungungo
LOOK forward to cooling off at Mungungo Pub this Australia Day, with a five-metre water slide planned to be set up outside.
The country pub, 10km out from Monto, will be pulling out all the stops to help celebrate this country’s settlement.
Publican Vicki Mackay said the water slide would make the day fun for all the family.
“Because it’s an Aussie pub, Australia Day is very important to us and because there’s a lot of families that come to the pub, a lot of them bring their little kids,” Ms Mackay said.
“It’s always much fun for the kids, so what we want to do is make it a good day for them.”
The water slide will be open first to little kids from noon and then later to big kids and adults from after 2pm.
“They can only swim in creeks normally, so something like this is rare for them,” Ms Mackay said.
The pub opens at 10am for early attendees, but the full festivities will go through until 11pm.
From lunchtime, a barbecue will be set up at the beer garden, for people to bring their own steaks and snags.
Mungungo will supply some steaks, sausages and chops as well, provided by Monto Meats, as well as bread and salads.
One event that has become a long-standing tradition at the pub’s Australia Day celebrations is the pie-eating competition.
Competitors will race to be the first to finish a meat pie, a lamington and a beer.
Price is expected to be $10 to enter to cover the cost of the food.
“You can’t stop that from going on,” Ms Mackay said.
“It’s the Aussie thing to do isn’t it? Pies and lamingtons.”
Another new competition this year is the “bring your best Aussie pet” competition, where kids will compete to see who can bring their best Australia-themed pet.
Those thinking of bringing along your blue heelers and red dogs will have to think harder though, since cats and dogs are not allowed as part of the competition.
Ms Mackay said the main reason for excluding cats and dogs was to keep them from fighting, but it also had the added bonus of encouraging people to think outside the box.
“We’ve got kids lined up that have got snakes, we’re going to put up a little fenced area around the back to bring goats, sheep and cattle,” she said.
She said the reason for introducing the competition was that, aside from making it more fun for the kids, many of them liked to show off their more exotic pets in the past, and this gave them the chance to compete against one another.
“Kids are always bringing their pets to the pub to show me, like if they’ve got a new baby calf or a goat,” Ms Mackay said.
“One little fellow has got a penny turtle which he’s going to bring along.”
A few activities are still in planning, such as mud crab racing.
The plan is to get in some mud crabs from Bundaberg, then on the day people will pay for a mud crab to race, with the money being split among the winners.
There’ll be no winners among the mud crabs though, as they’ll be cooked up and served to attendees.
There will also be a thong-throwing competition, and possibly water bomb fights and a game of backyard cricket.
It’ll be all hands on deck for the pub, with all staff coming in to manage the activities, serve at the bar and keep the kitchens open.
“We kept the kitchens open on Christmas Eve and probably put out 70-something meals.”
For the day, the pub will raise a flagpole with the Australian flag and a Mungungo Pub flag flying.
SAY G’DAY: Steve Alford and Vicki Mackay look forward to having you at Mungungo pub on Australia Day.