Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

High Spirits, Lower Numbers

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

High Spirits, Lower Numbers

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Hannah Baker

A "RED Army" of revellers turned out for the World's Greatest PubFest yesterday, with early estimates showing about 3000 people took part.

Caboolture's Sharon McMillan, who visited with her daughter Jennifer, has come to Maryborough every year for the past seven years.

She said she stumbled upon the Heritage City pub crawl in 2009 and has been hooked ever since.

"Usually I come with my husband and guests from overseas," she said.

Amy Mayer, who dressed up as "Horrific Little Red Riding Hood" said she never missed PubFest.

"We put hours into our costumes," Amy said.

"It's just such a fun event - we love it and we never miss it."

But the turnout wasn't large enough to break the Guinness world record set by Kansas City in 2013, which was 4885 pub crawlers.

Official numbers were still being tallied last night, but organisers believe this year's PubFest attracted smaller numbers than needed.

The Aussie Hotel's Tony Jones, who has served drinks to revellers at every PubFest since its first staging in 2005, said crowd numbers at his venue were down by about 20% compared to last year's crowd of 2000. …

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