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Compass Cup - Australia's Only Cow Race

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Tour Down Udder's Mount Compass leg - don't miss it
Compass Cup, Cow Race, Mount Compass
Image copyright & courtesy of Compass Cup
The Compass Cup was founded in the 1970s by the Mt Compass Rural Youth as a fundraising event for the local community of Mt Compass. In its hey day, Mt Compass was the heart of the Fleurieu Peninsula's dairy industry. These days, Mt Compass is home to a diverse range of quality producers such as Mt Compass Venison and Alexandrina Cheese Company.

With South Australia championing the Tour Down Under, it was only apt to name the preliminary event leading up to Australia's only cow race the Tour Down Udder! The main event is the Compass Cup: entrants bid to buy a cow on the day and complete a registration form nominating a team of four (excluding the cow). The team comprises of three urgers and one jockey.
Compass Cup, Mount Compass
To compete in the Compass Cup, entrants bid to buy a cow on the day & complete a registration form nominating a team of four (excluding the cow). The team comprises of three urgers and one jockey. (Image courtesy of Compass Cup)
This year's Compass Cup program includes the events with categories for adults and children in a jam-packed program as follows:

12.30pm - Dung Fling
12.45pm - Liner throw
1.00pm - Milk Loading
1.15pm - Junior Milk Loading
1.30pm - Tour Down Udder
1.45pm - Milk Skull Off
2.00pm - Rubber-boot Marathon
2.30pm - Junior Rubber-boot Marathon
3.00pm - Milking Demo
3.30pm - Cow Auction
4.00pm - Shearing Demo
4.15pm - Heat 1: Cow Race
4.30pm - Ute Show parade
5.00pm - Heat 2: Cow Race
5.15pm - Wobbly Cow Race
5.30pm - COMPASS CUP
6.00pm - Engine Blow Up
6.15pm - Tractor Pull
6.30pm - 12.30am - AFTER RACE CONCERT

Milk Skull Off
2016 Compass Cup's program is full of fun events that adults & children can enter: such as the 'Milk Skull Off' at 1.45pm (Image courtesy & copyright Compass Cup)

A big part of country festivals are the ute musters. At the Compass Cup, entrants can register their utes in various categories ranging from Best Street Ute to Best B&S Ute (those blinged out ones with the insanely huge bull-bars and interesting stickers).

Like any major race, the Compass Cup culminates with an after race concert with Squirrel Grip taking the stage from 6.30pm to 12.30am.
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Why? Australia's only cow race
When: Saturday 23/01/2016: gates open at 11am
Phone: Goolwa Visitor Information Centre on 1300 466 592
Where: Main Oval, Mt Compass
Cost: Entry is $8 for adults &14yo & over; gold coin donation for kids under 14yo
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