Cow Bay crew have crate fun with milk

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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