FRASER Coast’s lovable mascot Harvey the Whale has been warned against belly flops when he takes on Polly the Parrot, Blazer, Cluedo and other local mascots in an Australia Day race on January 26, 2016.
Hosted by the Rotary Club of Maryborough Sunrise, the Mascot Race is one of many exciting events being held in Maryborough’s Queens Park to celebrate this year’s Australia Day.
“Belly flops are not allowed,” Maryborough Sunrise Rotary president Glenda Pitman said.
“We know Humpback whales can swim in bursts of up to 26kph but the 50-metre race is over the grassy terrain of Queens Park not in the Pacific Ocean.
“Attempting belly flops and gliding over the grass is just not cricket so we’re using a handicap system so Harvey isn’t disadvantaged.”
Other mascots include Robert the Recycler from the Fraser Coast Regional Council, Bendigo Bank Pig and a curlew and dugong from the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG).
Everyone is invited to join the day’s fun which starts with a free community breakfast followed by traditional games, flag raising, Billy Tea and damper and Dummy Spit competition.