Cow Bay crew have crate fun with milk
A CREATIVE milk crate stacking competition was a highlight of festivities at Cow Bay’s family fun day on the weekend.
Children were rigged up to a harness and hoisted through the air as they attempted to out-stack their rivals.
The eventual winners, with a whopping 16 crates each, were Tex McDowell from Cow Bay and Kaylin Walsh from Cairns.
Onlooker Bob Perry said it was an entertaining spectacle for the gathered crowd.
“I was totally amazed at the total simplistic trust these kids had in the harness and rope set up by the local tree trimmer Neal Pease,” he said.
“I suppose most of them have seen him in action, at his job around their own homes, pruning over hanging branches and they realise how much trust he puts in his own skill and gear as he scales around the trees seemingly miles above the ground.”
The event was just one in a fun-filled day of tug-o-wars, greasy pig chases and a Masterchef-style cook-off.
Local band Coils provided musical entertainment well into the night.
Michelle Lamond, who helped organise the family fun day, said it was an important fundraiser for the local community.
The Alexandra Bay Sports Club and Friends of the Foundation, which donates funds to Cow Bay Clinic, organise the day to raise much-needed cash.
“This year about $1200 was raised for the clinic through a monster raffle,” Ms Lamond, the clinic nurse, said. “Over the years we’ve bought ECG machines, cardiac machines - the money is put towards something and the health department pays off the rest.”
The event, popular with locals and curious passing tourists, has been running for 13 years.
Going for gold: one of the competitors in the milk crate stacking competition aims for the canopy