The second GUMBOOT DAY in 1986 provided an opportunity to develop the Taihape University theme.
Degrees in “Gumboot Throwology” were awarded by Michael Abraham, the Professor of the University, and Roger Blackiston the Dean. The attempt on the gumboot throwing record has become a fixture for the event. Christine Le Varis coined the term ‘Gumboot Country’ and designed the distinctive logo that has become synonymous with the town and the event.
Since 1985 many novel ideas and themes have been explored. The venue has been changed and also the date but overall concepts remain.
Taihape GUMBOOT DAY is a well established promotional activity on both local and overseas calendars, providing both family fun and a serious sporting event – the North Island Boot Throwing Championships.