Each year on December 26th at Caufield Park a field of highly energetic members of the Melbournian community annually gather for the Boxwars showdown. Entry is free, the only rules are all participates must wear a battle costume made entirely of cardboard. With an accommodating costume theme that varies from year to year to spark inspiration, the aim is to battle each other in an open field and destroy every cardboard costume and prop you see.
The event is ran by Hoss and Ross Koger or otherwise known as the Boxwars Council. The event draws in around 200 each year with numbers growing. The Boxwars Council are responsible for designing and creating box props and costumes with impeccable attention to detail that give the spectators a "Box World" to battle in. In 2012 they designed a Statue of Liberty nearly five metres high and a to scale Mad Max replica dune buggy entirely of cardboard and glue for the years theme "apocalypse". With this years theme being "pirates" you can only imagine some of the amazing prop creations you may see on the day.
It is a great event for people of all ages, young and old. Even if you aren't up for the battle of Box Wars, it's just as enjoyable to sit back on the grass and enjoy the carnage of the day and laugh yourself silly.
This year if you still haven't had enough Box Wars fix, there is an after party to celebrate a year of box making and destruction for 2013. Featuring live music from The Hybernator and Citizen the party kick starts at 10.00pm at the Vineyard in St Kilda. Entry is also free. It's the perfect way to finish up a day of battling, check out the Facebook page for more information.