Get yer mel­ons out

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

WHILE on the topic of fruit and veg­eta­bles, there is a town 300km west of Bris­bane called Chin­chilla and on Fe­bru­ary 14 – 17 next year they are hold­ing their bian­nual Melon Fest.

This lit­tle gem of a fes­ti­val is well worth check­ing out.

They have the Melon bungy, which is three com­peti­tors run­ning with a bungy at the same time to be the first to grab the melon lo­cated at the other end of the course. And then there is the pip spit­ting. Points are awarded for style and dis­tance, but be warned only the very best will make the fi­nal.

Melon chariot races are guar­an­teed to en­ter­tain the au­di­ence throughout the day, with char­i­ots made from melon pack­ing car­tons, pal­lets, rope and ready­made axles.

How­ever the coup de gras that brought this event to the at­ten­tion of WWoS is the sim­ply mag­nif­i­cent melon ski­ing.

Con­tes­tants get two mel­ons strapped to their feet and are then dragged by boats - which are re­ally the lo­cal surf lifesavers and var­i­ous sport­ing clubs in dis­guise - down a course of soap and mashed up melon.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www. mel­on­fest.com.au check it out.

Photo MICHAEL LATZ

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