Time to throw your favourite dog in the back of your favourite ute and head down to Corrigin.
For the uninitiated, an event history from the official Dog in a Ute website:
This event has created a friendly rivalry between Western Australia and Victoria where the event was first held in 1997 at St Arnaud. The first record set at 214 Dogs in Utes. The record was then broken in May 1998 at Terang, Victoria in an event that was organized by the Southwestern District Apex clubs. This event managed to attract 325 Dogs in Utes. It was at this time that local Corrigin Apex President, Mr Bob Cooper had a brainwave and decided that Corrigin should have a ‘crack at it’. He came back from the National Apex Convention in Victoria and put it to the local Corrigin Apex members, who took on the idea with great enthusiasm.
Within three months, and with countless hours of dedication from many groups and volunteers, Corrigin held its first Dog in a Ute Queue event on the 31st October 1998 successfully breaking the World Record by attracting 699 Dogs in Utes from places far and wide.
With an estimated total of 3000 people on the day and raising $20,000 for the Royal Flying Doctors Service, Corrigin was rejoicing its fine effort and sent the challenge back to Victoria.
Three more unsuccessful Record Breaking attempts in Victoria then followed until 2000 when the Southwestern District Apex Clubs once again took on the challenge in Warnambool, coming out victorious with the new World Record of 797.
Fast forward to 13th April 2002 – a day that will be remembered by many, as the day that Corrigin smashed the World Record of Dogs in a Ute with 1527.
More than 4000 visitors and locals alike banded together and enjoyed the camaraderie, food, beverages and live entertainment. It was a day where there was not one altercation or complaint despite the huge number of people attending. A day when rural Australia ruled supreme and everything else seemed insignificant.
Over $60,000 was raised on the day and has been donated to the RFDS and local Community Emergency Services.
Since this day, as far as we know, no other town has been able to break the record.
Official Dog in a Ute web site here.
See? Western Australia is SO not dull.
And, if you can’t make it, think about dropping a few bucks the Royal Flying Doctors‘ way anyway — Here’s the RFDS gift shop. And, find out more about APEX Australia here.
April 5, 2008, 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm
I don’t think Australia is boring. It’s the only country in the world, besides the US, that would build an entire festival around this kind of thing (there are those camel-loving events in the ME, but Aussies and Yanks don’t try to make love to their beasts afterwards).
April 5, 2008, 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm
It is positive evidence of the health of a culture that the citizens have the time and money do do stupid shit that’s just plain old fun.
April 6, 2008, 3:45 am at 3:45 am
Update from a mate who’s down there: No one’s talking about “working families,” no one’s talking about “mortgage stress,” no one’s talking about “affluenza,” no one’s talking about Kevin Rudd’s Fresh New Plans. Just a group of ordinary Joes and Jills, and their utes, and their dogs, doing okay for themselves, having a fun weekend and raising a big pot of money for charity to boot.
Maybe instead of being off on his first-class 17-day Kevin’s Excellent Adventure World Tour, our PM should be spending a couple of weeks in the real Australia.
April 6, 2008, 3:47 am at 3:47 am
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April 6, 2008, 3:51 am at 3:51 am
How’s them glaciers goin’ over there in Kiwi-Land, 1.6?
April 6, 2008, 4:00 am at 4:00 am
Good, it’s really beautiful here today..
April 6, 2008, 4:00 am at 4:00 am
I’m there next week. So I have all my gear ready. I trained two times today with my brother
August 22, 2008, 6:31 am at 6:31 am
Lokks like fun to me, and Angus Dei is obviously not seeing the ‘Big Picture’, all that money raised for health services etc etc..Now that’s got to worth it alone, no matter what you might think of the event, the culture or the country. When a group of people get together and enjoy themselves over a common interest, and, rather then just thinking of themselves and their fun, they actually make money for those that really need help, than they are kings in my book. Folks out there need to realise that it’s not all take whetever you can, and shun anyone you just don’t understand. You can actually make a huge difference to less well off poeples lives. Too many people out there are selfish and think negative all the time, shame, if everyone thought positive, we might live a a much better world, and the likes of Angus would just be ‘glitches’ in mankinds past, negative history.
August 22, 2008, 6:40 am at 6:40 am
Ummm, Johnny? Where did you make the left turn from “plain old fun”, as Angus stated TO “glitches in mankinds past, negative history”?
Kinda’ sounds like you took the wrong fork in the road, somewhere. In fact, have you seen “the road” at all?
December 25, 2008, 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm
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