history of Hemp Olympix
Mardi Grass opening with the Hemp Olympix Torch carrying the
eternal flame for the victims of prohibition!
Hemp Olympix games with education and entertainment!
Kombi Konvoy as a salute to the pioneers coming to the 1973
more and more people came to MardiGrass (from 1993) and standing
up for Drug Law Reform, we needed something to get the stoned
crowd off the street. I was dreaming up to have some kind of
special sports days for stoners on the 19/9/1999, inspired by
the Prince song '1999', at my community with friends coming
from overseas and staying till New Years Eve of 2000. So Bob,
Mikel and I were talking about this and as I mentioned the Joint
rolling the Hemp Olympix were born. Bob mentioned the smell
of the tipped over Bong water and we had the second event.
Nimbin is a very sport active place with lots of legends, at
that time heroin was a lot in the media (1996), we worked out
that it would be good to showcase the hard work it is to grow
some good cannabis, while there is a weed inspector invading
your property and 3 times a year the helicopter raids. So we
invented the Iron Grower event, modelled on the Iron Men event.
I was always impressed by the Olympic spirit and the carrying
of the the olympic flame, we thought it might be good to have
a Hemp Olympix Torch, coming from Lismore where our local court
sits with it's devastating effect on the people. At that time
in one of the biggest communities, Tuntable Falls, there were
no men left to interact with the kids in some hamlets, because
they were all in jail for drug offences. So we invented the
Hemp Olympix Torch, the first one built by Geoff Moxham, a inventor
and bio char advocate, to carry the Eternal Flame for the Victims
we are living in this beautiful area since the Aquarius festival
in 1973, I thought it would be a nice salute to the pioneers
who came with all kinds of cars and vans to Nimbin to invent
a Konvoy of Kombis (VW bus) following the Torch bearer on his
symbolic run from Lismore to Nimbin. It is such a special sound
having them all coming down the main street. As there were Kombis
coming from as far as WA and really old restored models, we
moved the Kombi Konvoy from Friday night in the dark to Saturday
afternoon, 4.20 before the big light up on the main street.