Gumboots, mineral water spice up Glenlyon Mixed Sports Day

AT THE Glenlyon Mixed Sports Day, you can find event publicity officer Bob Kennedy behind the bar.

“I’m serving people dirty water,” the Glenlyon local jokes. 

“It’s not so bad working. You get to have a chat to the locals.” 

On New Year’s Day, Mr Kennedy will mark another innings off the Glenlyon Mixed Sports Day chalkboard. 

While he won’t reveal how many times he’s been to the event, he admits he’s seen a few. 

“It’s been running since 1857, but you’ll have to excuse me, I’ve missed the first few,” he said. 

The Glenlyon Mixed Sports Day is commonly known for the Glenlyon Cup, as well as a string of quirky traditions, including the Mineral Water Drinking World Championships and Bull Boar Eating Championship.

Wood chopping, gumboot throwing, pony and foot races also keep the masses entertained during the day. 

About 4000 people came along to the event this year, raising $16,000 for charity.

Mr Kennedy said he was hoping to top that figure on Wednesday. 

“The axe men always draw a huge crowd,” he said. 

“Or you could come and sit under the beautiful oak trees, they keep the temperatures down.” 

The New Year’s Day event is still popular with the locals, and Mr Kennedy hoped the regulars would make an appearance next year. 

“We’ve had this lady come along since she was 18-years-old.” 

“She has gone every year since, she loves it.” 

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