Melissa McAndrew, Kellie Fielding, Julie Muza and Claudia De Cola celebrating yesterday’s Pub Fest in style.
Melissa McAndrew, Kellie Fielding, Julie Muza and Claudia De Cola celebrating yesterday’s Pub Fest in style. Nat Bromhead Frapubfest

Farewell to Pub Fest

VISITORS came from as far afield as Tasmania, Perth, far north Queensland and even Florida for the World’s Greatest Pub Fest yesterday, but it was not enough for the Heritage City to break its own pub crawl world record.

Maryborough’s World’s Greatest Pub Fest yesterday officially attracted more than 3000 people, falling well short of the 2009 record of 4718 ’crawlers’.

Organisers had estimated up to 10,000 may have come for the city’s last attempt at the record.

Council organisers said the big crowd had still had plenty of fun.

Revellers flooded on to Maryborough streets for the 2011 attempt, dubbed the Last Shout.

Ten pubs across the city put their hands up to host the crowd of thousands, including two pop-up charity hotels.

Barely 30 minutes after the official opening of the pub crawl, the line out of the Post Office Hotel was spilling out the door.

The charity pubs Sunrise Hotel and the Portside Hotel drew in the crowds with live bands to raise money for local Rotary clubs.

Funds from this year’s event will go to the local State Emergency Service branch in honour of its role during the floods.

The theme superhero and the official colour orange were also chosen in the SES’s honour.

Popular costumes included A Clockwork Orange, Superman, Wonder woman, firefighters, gladiators, zombies and Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

Hundreds of participants depleted Maryborough’s supply of orange hair dye, face paint and hairspray.

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