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 Australia's only cow race the Tour Down Udder! 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.
Personally, the Dung Fling's my thing! I often reminisce about our days on a family friend's dairy farm, standing out in the field with a decent stick - plunging it into a firm (dry) cow patty and along with my sister, seeing who could hurl our patties the furthest!
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 utes (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 Enough Said taking the stage from 6.30pm to 12.30am.