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19 January, 2022

Australia Day fun returns to Malanda

TOAD racing and thong-throwing are just two of the fun activities planned for Malanda Hotel’s annual Australia Day celebrations.

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The pub has been hosting Australia Day fun for more than a decade now and this year will be no different, with activities to start at 12 noon on 26 January. 

Manager Sharon Graham said there was plenty of excitement on offer, especially the popular toad races which happen every half hour, culminating in the grand final and the awarding of the grand champion. 

“We will have the ‘Toadium’ set up which will host 10 races and then we have a final, award the grand champion with $50 and a trophy and their name also goes onto our perpetual trophy,” she said. 

Toads will be available on the day but participants can also bring their own. 

“We have local boys go and collect them but you certainly can bring your own,” Sharon said. 

She said English Street and James Street would be fenced off to make way for the activities which include thong throwing competitions, free face painting, and a DJ playing Aussie music all afternoon. 

“We also award ‘Miss Aussie’ – someone who is dressed loud and proud Australian – and the ‘Bogun’ award,” Sharon said.

There will be a BBQ menu to choose from as well as Aussie pies. The event will kick off at 12 noon and go until 6.30pm.

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