Cane toad rac­ing makes a come­back

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

READY, steady...toad. Air­lie’s Mag­nums Ho­tel is proudly re­turn­ing a town-favourite event to Thurs­day nights.

From 9pm each Thurs­day, Mag­nums staff will auc­tion off eight toads per round to the high­est bid­ders.

The nights will in­clude a to­tal of four races and the win­ner of each race takes the cash.

Mag­nums staff mem­ber John Cauchi is the nom­i­nated toad-master who la­bels the toads and places them in a bucket for the races.

When the bucket is lifted, the cane toads take off and the crowds go bal­lis­tic with ex­cite­ment.

The first toad to leap away from the des­ig­nated ring and cross the mark­ings is the win­ner.

Thurs­day nights at Mag­nums also in­clude live mu­sic with lo­cal mu­si­cians and DJs from 7pm.

Mag­nums as­sis­tant man­ager Ben Lou- goon de­scribed the night as “toad-ally awe­some”.

“Ev­ery­one gets re­ally into it es­pe­cially in the last cou­ple of races and with the live mu­sic, Mag­nums is the only place to be on a Thurs­day,” he said.

Toad races have be­come very popular among tourists in trop­i­cal North Queens­land ad have his­tor­i­cally been a part of the en­ter­tain­ment line-up at Air­lie Beach.

Lo­cals and tourists alike now have the chance to win big money on the toads again.

READY TO RUM­BLE: Mag­nums staff John Cauchi, San­dra Meyer and Ben Lou­goon had a wicked time at the re­turn of cane toad rac­ing on Thurs­day night.

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