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Hone your nut cracking skills to win a prize
Now in its eleventh year, the Bauple Nut Bash will be on again this year on Saturday 3rd September. This is such a fun-filled day for the whole family with the famous Tug-O-War and Nut Cracking Competitions returning for the kids and adults.
Try your luck at the Nut Cracking Competition (Photo courtesy of Bauple Nut Bash 2016 Facebook page)
Bauple is a small township approximately 30 kilometres south of Maryborough or 40 kilometres north of Gympie. Anyone living around the area would know of the famous Bauple Nut, known to all other Australians as the Macadamia Nut or Queensland Nut. The nut was first discovered in 1858 by pioneers who settled in the area. Last year on a holiday to Norfolk Island, I heard a couple talking about Bauple Nuts and I turned around to ask if they were from the Maryborough-Bauple area, as only folk from that area would call them that. Indeed, they were.
The tree and its nuts are known by several different names – Bauple, Baphal, Popple or Bopple. It is suggested that that some sixty million years ago a rainforest tree grew up on the mountain and after years of climate change most of the rainforest disappeared with only the species of edible nuts surviving.
Photo courtesy of Bauple Nut Bash 2016 Facebook page
The Bauple Nut Bash will be held at the Bauple Recreation Centre on Forestry Road Bauple and entry is free. The day will commence at 2.00pm, running late into the evening with entertainment by The Shills.
During the day's festivities, you can not only sample the Bauple Nut, you can also try your luck at the nut cracking competition. Although, the implements used today are much more elaborate than the hammer and a crack in the cement that I used as a kid. Winners of the nut cracking competition will receive $50 for first place and $20 for second place. The prize for the Tug-O-War is $150. Entry to both competitions is free.
Fun for the whole family with the Tug-O-War competition (Photo courtesy Bauple Nut Bash 2016 Facebook page)
There will also be lots of children's activities, games, jumping castles, train rides, rock wall climbing along with markets and food and drink stalls. Fireworks will commence at 7.00pm, which is early enough to allow the little ones to get home and early to bed. A bar will operate from 3.00 to 11.00pm for the adults and there is free camping on site for anyone who wishes to stay overnight. Anyone wishing to hold a market stall at the event should contact Debbie on 0418 771 696 for details and a registration form.
The theme for this year's event is Minions and there will be prizes for the best dressed Minion.
Entertainment by The Shills (Photo courtesy Bauple Nut Bash 2016 Facebook page)
This is surely an event you do not want to miss, so mark Saturday 3rd September in your diary. For more information on the event, you can look up the Bauple Nut Bash Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org