On That Day Things Got Crazy Up In Here!

After months of planning, Air Guitar Australia graced the stage with the afternoon sun as a backdrop, their performance brought an emphatic end to the Finnish Crazy Games. A stark contrast to the rain clouds to which we awoke and presided ominously above as preparations began for this day of craziness.

Eventually, the sun’s rays broke through, shining upon the hobby horses to form a beacon for children in search of Finnish fun. While those lucky enough had already started to sweat away in sauna or were hanging onto every word as they wandered through this architectural masterpiece.

Nordic Folk Dance Workshop. Photo: Petri Kurkaa

Pleasant aromas quickly filled the air as Finnish delicacies landed in the palms of the hungry and those thirsty grasped a beer or the more elusive Lonkero. Before long, Nordfolk dancers spurred blue skies for berry picking, petting Finnish Lapphunds and Nordic walking – with oars and without.

Sprint to the Finish. Photo: Petri Kurkaa

Crowds then gathered at noon to watch couples valiantly compete for a grand prize of the wife’s weight in beer. Naturally, most were taken aback by such risk yet to the audience’s delight some swiftly jumped at the chance and signed up on the spot. The pace was fast, all were very quick to finish with just a few faltering on the final sprint.

Nokia Bullseye. Photo: Petri Kurkaa

During the race, pockets were bulging with old mobile phones at the ready. We can now say we underestimated the dead-eye aim that would be on display. Even so, for many the challenge endured with many leaving empty handed and no wristband in tow. Much to our surprise, this game was met by fever pitch, a real joy to watch.

Company Showcase. Photo: Petri Kurkaa

As wife-carrying qualifiers primed themselves for a hotly anticipated final, perhaps reluctantly, there was ample time to roam the concert hall to learn all about out the Finnish products on display, or even better yet take a piece of Finland home. Also not to forget the chance to write that letter to Santa Claus or colour in a Finnish emoji.

Jimmy Dangles Performace. Photo: Janne Voutilainen

After an adrenaline-charged finish in wife-carrying, the lucky winners of all the games rightfully received their moment on the stage. As the world-class air guitarists then strung their lightweight instruments a moment to reflect was presented.

For we could all agree the day had truly been a success, in large part to all the volunteers who had helped us on the day from serving food to grooming the hobby horses. Equally, our event sponsors Finnair, KONE and Wärtsilä were fundamental in this accomplishment alongside our fundraising partner CanTeen that kept sausages sizzling throughout the day. And finally, to you all that attended and made the games what they were, we say kiitos! So what about next year?

Author Information: Jonathon Fogarty is the Information Officer at the Embassy of Finland in Canberra.


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