FOR THE BOYS FEST

FOR the first time, a dedicated event to celebrate International Men’s Day

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was held in Ipswich – and the response was overwhelming.

There was a large attendance to the event at the Ipswich Showgrounds. Motorcycle performers The Hooligans lit up the event with tricks, the tug of war drew many competitors, live music went down a treat, and the numerous food trucks, vendors and stall holders all reported a great result.

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Guest of honour was Winter Olympic gold medallist Steven Bradbury, who addressed the crowd and had a stand for his own craft beer, Last Man Standing, which sold out on the day.

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There was also a large array of classic cars, and dozens of bike riders who travelled up the Logan Highway from Loganholme.

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“Ipswich had never seen anything like this before,” said organiser and publisher of Local Ipswich News David Johnston.

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“Despite a sprinkle of rain, it did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of everyone involved, and all the visitors on the day.

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“I’d like to thank everyone involved, from the team at the Ipswich Showgrounds to all the sponsors, the stall holders who were there to offer services for men’s mental health awareness, and everyone who came along on the day.”

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Hosted by Paul Casos, a member of the Ipswich Showgrounds Committee, one of the highlights was the tug of war (sponsored by RSLSub Branch), which drew among its competitors members of local gyms and the Ipswich police community.

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Even mayor Teresa Harding turned up to enjoy the tug of war, telling the audience her father competed at the sport at the highest levels.

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West Bremer Radio broadcasted live from the event, interviewing many people involved and helping to raise awareness of men’s mental health.

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“We hope that this is something Local Ipswich News can do every year and, judging from the response on Saturday, it is only going to get bigger and better in 2022,” Mr Johnston said.

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“For the Boys Fest would like to thank our major thank our major sponsors: CSI Ipswich, James Home Services, Australian Horizon Foundation, Ballistic Brewing Co, Ipswich Show Society and Last Man Standing.

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“Our major supporters were invaluable, including DADS Australia, 26 Transport Squadron, Hooligans, Omega Entertainment, Pinnacle Barbershop, and a shout out to magician Nathan Hedger.”

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