Aus­tralia Day at Mungungo

Central and North Burnett Times - - AUSTRALIA DAY 2017 - Jack Lawrie Jack.Lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

SAY G’DAY: Steve Al­ford and Vicki Mackay look for­ward to hav­ing you at Mungungo pub on Aus­tralia Day.

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