The pub crawl of fame
THEY camp beside “the tree of nowledge”, at the National Music Muster site but yesterday they left their “lofty location of lurnin”- Feral Hill - and headed into Gympie for their annual pub-crawl.
Pub crawl founders Gordon Smith and Adam Kilpatrick were making short work of bangers and mash at The Railway Hotel when The Gympie Times managed to track them down.
The bus load of about 31 Muster visitors had already sampled the delights at the Jockey Club and the Australian Hotel, and were about to head off to the Queens Hotel and the Empire and then finish their town tour at Billy's.
Adam said it was originally just an innocent old shopping trip back in August 1998 that started the tradition.
“Gordon said let's go to town and get some groceries, and then we decided to have lunch… so we found a pub… and then we decided to find another pub… and then multiple pubs.
“Later we thought, you know that was fun,” Adam said.
The next year they loaded up a troop carrier and nine Muster-ites sailed forth on the second Muster Pub Crawl.
“That was our first real pub crawl,” Adam said. After that, word spread and a bus was hired.
“It costs $15 a head, and any money left over goes on the bar.”
Gordon made a splash in The Gympie Times last year when he and his partner Judy Hinds were engaged at the Muster in the company of their “Muster family”.
Gordon and Judy did say last year that they drew the line at getting married at the Muster, as much as they love it. So on Easter Saturday this year, they were married at their home town Eudlo, becoming officially Mr and Mrs Smith.
“It had to be approved by the Muster family, of course,” Adam interjected.
Renewing the friendships they have made over the years camping at Amamoor Creek State Forest Park every August, and making new mates are the best things about the Muster they all agree.
At yesterday's pub crawl there was plenty of love and laughter surrounding this happy mob as they made their way around Gympie.
“That's what it's all about,” Gordon said.
“Meeting people and having fun.”