Mary Poppins

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The Competitions

John Holland Record Space

The Australian Book of Records

 

“Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Mary Poppins Themed Characters”

Sign up from 1:15 pm

Starts 1:45pm

Pre-register here before 12pm Thursday 27 June

Criteria:

To be a part of the record attempt, participants must be registered before 1:45pm on 30 June, and must be present within the allocated space (top part of Wharf Street near the Post Office) from 1:45pm for the official count. Please arrive early to make registering easier.

To pre-register before midday Thursday 27 June, scroll down to complete the form below or click here.
By pre-registering you are helping our volunteers to make sure that everyone gets counted in time! Registration is required to be counted. To add more participants, select “Submit another response” after submitting this form. Thank you for your help. Pre-registration closes midday Thursday 27 June, registration will be available on the day if you miss out on pre-registration.

For participants to be considered valid record entrants, they must designate what ‘character’ they are dressed as and wear each character’s main costume items, including a minimum of 3 additional relevant costume accessories.

The relevant characters and their recommended accessories are as follows: Mary Poppins:
    • Must be wearing to qualify: Umbrella (preferably with parrot).
    • Must be wearing at least 3 of these to qualify: Period dress or women’s tailored jacket & skirt, carpet bag, Mary Poppins Hat, white shirt, red/white gloves, and red neck accessory.
Bert (Candy Stripe):
    • Must be wearing to qualify: Candy stripe suit jacket
    • Must be wearing at least 3 of these to qualify: Candy stripe hat, white pants, white gloves, bow tie and dress shoes.
Mr Banks:
    • Must be wearing to qualify: Moustache.
    • Must be wearing at least 3 of these to qualify: White shirt, bowler hat, flower in lapel, black pants, vest, suit jacket and briefcase/ black umbrella.
Mrs Banks:
    • Must be wearing to qualify: Votes for women sash
    • Must be wearing at least 3 of these to qualify: Blue dress, waist sash, neck accessory, white gloves, hat, and conservative shoes.
Jane Banks:
    • Must be wearing to qualify: Young girl’s dress resembling the period.
    • Must be wearing at least 3 of these to qualify: Hat, long socks, female dress shoes, neck accessory, waist belt and cardigan.
Michael Banks:
    • Must be wearing to qualify: Kid’s dress shirt with tie.
    • Must be wearing at least 3 of these to qualify: Boy’s shorts, kid’s jacket, long white socks, dress shoes and cap.
Chimney Sweep:
    • Must be wearing to qualify: Chimney sweeper brush.
    • Must be wearing at least 3 of these to qualify: White/grey shirt, vest, scarf/neckerchief, pants, and soot.
Bird Woman:
    • Must be wearing to qualify: Basket with bird seed packets.
    • Must be wearing at least 3 of these to qualify: Shawl, shabby dress or blouse w/ long skirt, toy birds, hat, messy hair/wig, fingerless gloves.
Admiral Boom:
    • Must be wearing to qualify: Admiral’s hat.
    • Must be wearing at least 3 of these to qualify: Admiral jacket, black/blue pants, dress shoes, white shirt, gloves, tie, waist belt, portable telescope.

The Great Nanny Race

Sign up from 10 am

The ever-popular Great Nanny Race returns, be the first to get your baby and carriage across the finish line.

Age Groups

Mini (8 Years and Under)

Junior (9 years to 15 Years)

Big Kids (16 years & Over)

Heats will be run in age groups with the ultimate champion winning a prize.

Sign up on the day at the Race Precinct on Richmond Street.

THE RULES

Each participant pushes their pram along the road until they cross the finish line with their ‘charges’ undisturbed. Participants may not run, push, or cross in front of other competitors – doing so will exact consequences.

Participant must not start racing until the start bell/call. The race is not over until everyone crosses the finish line.

  • No sticking with hat pins
  • Or poking with umbrellas
  • No sledging
  • Your charge must stay in the pram at all times.

The Chimney Sweep Challenge

Sign up from 11.15 am

Do you have what it takes to clean your chimney the fastest? Heat will be run in age groups with the ultimate champion winning a prize.

Age Groups

Mini (8 Years and Under)

Junior (9 years to 15 Years)

Big Kids (16 years & Over)

Sign up on the day at the Race Precinct on Richmond Street.

THE RULES

Each participant collects a bucket and a balloon and quickly travels towards their designated chimney. Along the way participants need to collect all three pieces of their ‘Sweep Brushes’ and assemble them in preparation for the next stage of the challenge. Once at the Chimney with a completed brush in hand, participants will aim to push their balloon through the chimney pipes – with the aid of their personal Chimney Sweep Assistant.

Once the balloon is pushed out the chimney top, the competitor needs to get back to the start line and finish up with a heel click. Participants are advised to take caution whilst running and are not to push others, cross in front of other competitors and certainly no mean-spirited sledging. Participants must not start racing until the start bell/ call. The race is not over until everyone crosses the finish line and finishes their heel clicks.

  • Be careful – running up the track particularly whilst holding your brushes can be dangerous!
  • No pushing or shoving.
  • No crossing in front of other competitors
  • The balloon must stay in your bucket whilst you make your way to the chimney.
  • The race isn’t over until you complete a heel click at the end!

The Costume Competition

Assembly from 12.30pm

Let your creativity shine through the Mary Poppins Festival Costume Competition this year and bring Maryborough’s streets to life with the categories:

  • Adult Mary Poppins Themed Costumes
  • Children’s Category (Children under 14, any costume)
  • Auxiliary Category – Costume from anywhere else in time!

Now is the time to start preparing your wardrobe! Sign up on the day from 12.30pm

Judging Process

All category entrants will line up spaced down the Richmond Street precinct ‘green’.

Each entrant will be asked to do three (3) poses that best show off their costumes and character!

Once each costume category has completed their adjudication, a winner from that category will be announced.

Judging Criteria

  • Storytelling
  • Authenticity
  • Originality/ Creativity
  • Effort
  • Characterisation

Rules

  • You may enter only one category – so choose wisely!

No inappropriate slogans or references

Colouring Competition

Submit before 17/06/2024

Colour your own masterpiece and be part of the Mary Poppins Festival

Categories:

  1. 5 and under
  2. 6 to 10
  3. 11+

How to enter

  1. Choose your artwork to colour
  2. Download & print make sure to get the back as well!
  3. Colour!
  4. Fill out the details on the back.
  5. Deliver to Visitor Information Centre in Hervey Bay (227 Maryborough Hervey Bay Rd, Urraween QLD 4655), Maryborough (388 Kent St, Maryborough QLD 4650) or Tiaro (Mayne St, Tiaro QLD 4650) before 17/06/2024.