Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
January 30, 2004
But the festivities were all focused around the cockroaches. There was even a Miss Cocky Competition and a best dressed cocky day costume competition. There were a group of blokes there all dressed up as Steve Irwin (the croc hunter) complete with an inflatable crocodile and token baby doll... There were 14 races in the program starting at lunchtime and culminating with the highlight of the afternoon – the Cockroach Gold Cup. There were stacks of sponsor prizes and trophies for the winners. To enter into the races cost $5 and for each cocky that you bought to race cost you $5 as well. Proceeds were going to charity.
The bag pipers led the sponsor girls onto the racing surface (a bit like a boxing bout) along with the cockroaches, where the mc would read the "contestants" names to the crowd. The names were very creative and can’t be repeated here. Last years winner was called Osama Bin Liner while other winners have included Guns ‘n Roaches and Millennium Bug. The race starter would let the roaches go and the race was to be the first cocky out of the circle. One race was even a steeplechase with the cockies having to run over a garden hose to get to the edge. The grandstand erupted when they were released with the crowd really getting behind the contestants. Great fun and a terrific Australia Day. The day came to a close with a typical Brissie summer storm.
Check out the event: Cockroach Races
Story Bridge Hotel
200 Main Street
Kangaroo Point, 4169
Tel: (07) 3391 2266
Fax: (07) 3393 0926
Check out the hotel home page: Story Bridge Hotel Web page
From journal Beautiful Brissie