A few weeks back it was the Weipa fishing competition. The Weipa fishing classic is held in early June, each year and 2018 was its 13th year.
There is a big competition to catch different types of fish (obviously) that is held over two days. Each night over the weekend there is entertainment and on the spot prize draws as well as raffles raising money for local charities and draws for the top 30 prizes.
To be eligible to be a part of the top 30 you need to have a ticket, or in this case you get a souvenir key ring each year. We paid our $60 or so to have a chance at winning a prize. There were two boats, and a multitude of other prizes including fishing rods, esky’s, a dog cage, diamonds, holiday vouchers, a quad bike, one year there was even a voucher for concrete 🙄 all donated from the various sponsors.
There are stalls ranging from sausage sizzle, kebabs, face painting, a photo booth, a bar, and entertainment each night of the fishing comp. It is a highlight of the year for locals and apparently thousands of visitors come from across the country to join in the competition.
We were not personally lucky enough to win any prizes but our friend Andrew’s name was chosen in the top 30. He said he was happy to win anything, he came with nothing and he will walk away with something.
So on the final night of the competition they get the top 30 winners up on stage and they draw out the prizes. It is very exciting, Andrew made it to number 16 and his name was called for a reversing camera and car stereo package.
Andrew is in the green shirt (our friend we went to Bali with). Look out on gumtree or eBay if you are in need of a stereo or reversing camera as he can’t install them in his company car 😂.
It is a fun weekend that most people look forward to each year. This year was even more fun knowing our friend was in with the chance of winning something. Weipa even gets its own public holiday on the Monday after the comp – unlike the rest of Queensland. Most of the town needs it to rest their sore heads after what is always a big weekend.