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Maryborough – Home to the World’s Greatest Pub Crawl

Maryborough’s annual World’s Greatest Pub Fest is on again on Sunday 6th May when literally thousands of oddly attired teams of enthusiastic drinkers will embark on the noble effort of visiting as many of Maryborough’s historic pubs in one – all in the name of charity and winning back its former status.

The World’s Greatest Pub Fest was first held in Maryborough in 2005 with 1,198 participating pub crawlers and continued to set new world records over the next several years, warding off competition from London, New York and Halifax in Canada. In 2013 Maryborough set a new world record of 4,781 pub crawlers only be beaten by Kansas City the following year.

Last year saw enough contestants to win back the world standing however, it seems not enough of them remembered to put in their cards at the end of the afternoon – or perhaps some just stayed at the last pub and forgot. Now national pride is at stake and Maryborough is calling for a winning crowd to restore its prestige of being home to the world’s biggest and greatest pub crawl.

Contestants must first apply for an official Pub Fest Passport, which is not only an entry ticket but also the means of safely getting around by bus as well as your entry for the $1,000 prize draw and the contribution towards the year’s charity. Teams can get around on their own steam with a registered designated driver (Skipper) who’ll be offered free soft drinks at all of the Pub Fest venues.

The heritage city of Maryborough boasts some exceptional colonial architecture and at its peak the city had some 40 pubs, many have survived to form part of the city’s impressive historic streetscapes. It’s the ideal setting for what is a colourful event attracting teams, groups of friends and participants of all ages (over the legal drinking age). Groups are encouraged to develop a team costume with prizes for the best teams under 5 members and over 5 members.

Festivities get off with a bang as the midday cannon fires from the City Hall and the bells of St Paul’s can be heard across the precinct as strange looking teams head off to set a new world record. This year the World’s Greatest Pub Fest is in support of Assistance Dogs Australia.

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Maryborough QLD 4650, Australia
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