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From Rochford Facebook
Rochford Winery is probably better known for grape stomping than wellie throwing, but this Saturday July 20th they are going to give them a fling.
The aim is to break the Guinness World Record for the most people throwing gumboots simultaneously.
The present record is 250 people so they are hoping for at least 300 participants, so Australia can claim the new world record.
They have a green which is just great for throwing gum boots
If you want to be involved, then it is pretty easy. Come in or carry in your gumboots (these must be regular commercially available gumboots). There will be a long line marked on the ground. On the signal everyone must run up to this line and chuck their gum boots over the line simultaneously. If you get too enthusiastic and step over the line while throwing, then your throw is deducted from the total.
While this is a lot of fun, it is also for a world record attempt, so there are rules and no doubt, a bean counter from Guinness World Records will be there to ensure everything is done properly.
While the event is free, there are also some nice prizes to be won just for registering. These include: a family pass to A Day on the Green concert, a segway tour for two including lunch, a hot air balloon ride over the Yarra Valley, high Tea for four guests at Chateau Yering Hotel as well as family passes to Healesville Sanctuary or the Yarra Valley Railway.
You can register online until midday Friday 19th July or register on the day. Note that if you pre-register it can be a bit easier, as you do not have to rock up to registration desk on the event day - just saunter in with your wellies and get ready to throw.
Note this is different than the other gum boot throwing contest which is held in Taihape in the central North Island of New Zealand. That one is all about distance. Although you might get some pointers on throwing below.
The Kiwis are so into their gumboot throwing that they even have a song about it. They call it -- wait for it --- The Gumboot Song. It is sung by Fred Dagg.
The day kicks off at 11:00am and goes through until 3pm. There will be food and being a winery there will be some great wine available. There will also be kids entertainment and a performance by The Rats of Tobruk Memorial Pipes and Drums Band.