Fruehlingsfest, Mudfest, and The Twenty Year School Reunion.

As if my life wasn’t already busy enough and complicated enough!




All I can think about is Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.



I think I wagged my ten year reunion because of this movie. I must have wagged it because I don’t remember it, right? Right. I’m sure it was fun.



EVEN MORE FUN will be our twenty year reunion at Lot 104 on August 10th! Thanks to our good friend Tallon, we have secured the hottest spot on Mooloolaba Esplanade for the night! That’s right. I was happy to help arrange the venue because I wasn’t too keen on a night of Barefoot Bowls, which was apparently all the rage for the most recent spate of ten year reunions. No, really, we did our barefoot bowls thing in Mt Isa.



I’m looking forward to catching up with old friends and their preferred others, and it’s not as if I have much to tell them (they only have to have found me on Facebook to know what I’ve been up to lately), but I can’t wait to hear their tales of adventure, career paths, odd jobs, families, friends who couldn’t make it, friends we’ve lost along the way, and all that stuff. And look, Lot 104 will have the Veuve flowing so really, it’s just a normal great night out! I know some friends decided right away that they wouldn’t be attending for whatever reason (like, “But what will I SAY?!” Um, that you invented Post-Its?), and okay, without judgement I say CHEERS! We’ll miss you, and I’ll enjoy a drink for you. 


Did you go to your high school reunion? What happened???



Saturday August 10th is a BIG DAY


Before the reunion on the Saturday night, of course you know it’s Fruehlingsfest, which is Immanuel’s school fete, but this year it’s bigger than ever, with giveaways and goodies for Old Scholars! Hooray!



This annual event has turned into the biggest school fair on the Sunshine Coast, packed with live music, great food, rides, the largest water-bomb fight ever on the Sunshine Coast, Tug of wars, a Talent Quest, a Fashion Parade, and MUDFEST! “What the heck is Mudfest?” I hear you ask? Well, all I’m sayin’ is I bet there are plenty of folk who hope it starts out and stays an early morning event because otherwise, you know, it’s a bit like Flinders Fair fireworks become every few years…be careful what you wish for! 


Have you ever said to yourself, “Marathons are too easy, and Triathlons are for sissies?”


No, I didn’t think so…those races are really hard. Think about it…the first person to run a marathon actually died. HE DIED!…and he probably didn’t even have fun along the way!


Well, welcome to a new kind of race: MUDFEST. The race that puts all other races to shame.


MUDFEST is a mud run obstacle course where a military boot camp meets your inner five-year-old’s fantasy.


You’ll need endurance to trudge up mountains of sludge, courage to overcome uncompromising obstacles, a complete lack of shame to wallow in pits of mud and a smile to show through at the end!


The first of its kind for the Coast, the inaugural event will see thousands of locals dive in mud pits, clamber over obstacles, crawl through tunnels, jump over hay bales, leap through car tyres and slither down mud slides all in the name of fun, fitness and education.


A 1km short-cut is available for those who want it, and an Under 8’s kiddy piggy event will muddy up even the youngest locals, with the event expected to sell-out quickly.


According to event organiser Mr Judd Armstrong, the course has something for everyone, as long as you don’t expect to stay clean.


“There will be plenty of mud and plenty of fun, it’s a sure way to bring a smile to your face and a unique opportunity to let loose and go a little crazy for a while,” Mr Armstrong said.


“We’ve had 6 year olds, teenagers, teachers, mums and dads down there to test out the course, and everyone who takes the muddy plunge comes out with a huge grin, it’s just awesome to see,” he said.


MudFest is an initiative of Immanuel Lutheran College Parents and Friends Association, planned by a group of parents as part of the annual spring fair.


According to Principal Mr David Bliss, it’s all about teaching kids important lessons in ways other than textbooks and desks.


“We have an important role as parents and educators to help build character, contribute to community and aid young adults in developing as a whole person, not just in academics,” Mr Bliss said.


“MudFest tells us that it is alright to let your inhibitions free once in a while, it encourages us to get outdoors and engage in life, and it teaches us the value of friendship, family, fun and camaraderie.


“What better way to make memories and build bonds as friends, families and college staff than an event like Mudfest. I can’t wait,” he said.


MudFest will be held at Wises Farm, Wises Road, Maroochydore from 8am on Saturday 10 August 2013 as part of the Immanuel spring fair Fruehlingsfest.


Register online



MudFest 2013 from MudFest on Vimeo.


I go through school fair phases, and every couple of years Sam and I take Poppy to Fruehlingsfest and Flinders Fair, where she has an absolute ball (her non-negotiables include rides and fairy floss), and we enjoy catching up with the staff and old friends from near and far. If you’ve never been to Fruehlingsfest, this is the year to give it a go! It will be massive, and you never know who you’ll run into. It’s not just for College students and staff, past and present, but for everyone! See you there!


Fruehlingsfest Promo (No MF) from MudFest on Vimeo.



And Class of 1993? See you after dark!


(Yeah, you know I’m gonna’ add Time After Time to the playlist, don’t you?)!






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