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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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Our fascination with flying begins from the moment we engage with the sight of birds flying and we start to imagine what it's like soaring high in the sky or gliding low across the waves of the ocean. As time has progressed we've seen many flying machines but nothing so hilarious as energy drink company Red Bull and the home-made contraptions in their Flugtag events.

German for 'flying day', Flugtag is a worldwide event and it's not the first time Sydney has been a host city. Last seen in 2008, it will return to our shores in November for Aussies to show their ingenuity and larrikinism with flying creations powered by muscle, gravity and imagination.

This flying machine competition will take centre stage at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, launching off a 6-metre platform with participants doomed to an inevitable belly flop in the water below. It's laughter all round for spectators and, most competitors, who enter for the entertainment aspect. Many of the flying machines rarely fly at all and most fall apart before they hit the water.

Teams are judged on flight distance, the creativity of the machine and showmanship. This criteria has inspired flying tacos, prehistoric pterodactyls and Santa with his sleigh, amongst other wacky creations. Many dress up in colourful themed costumes, making it a spectacle to behold.

If you think you've got what it takes then apply for a registration kit, grab your mates and unleash your imagination. To be in the running, entries must be sent back by 20 July. All the rules and FAQ's can be found here.

Whilst drinking Red Bull won't give you wings (as past advertising suggested), Flugtag has certainly spread its wings across 35 cities and 150 events since it first began in Vienna in 1992. In Hong Kong in 2017, participants perfected their fancy dress as aliens in Mars Attack but it didn't help their spaceship, and in Boston in 2016 a flying swan took a flying leap. Plenty of other birds have had a go too.

Red Bull Flugtag

On this auspicious occasion in Sydney, flying will begin at noon. Food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the day and spectators are welcome to bring a picnic lunch.

All in all, it's a guaranteed free fun day out no matter what your age.
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Why? For a whole lot of laughs
When: 12pm-5pm
Where: Mrs Macquarie's Chair, 1d Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney
Cost: Free entry for both participants & spectators
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This sounds like something out of Wacky Races! Looks like great fun, and there are a lot of creative contraptions there.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12594) 737 days ago
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