Bunpin gets new look for festival
THE mystical Bunpin has had a restyle in the lead-up to the 26th annual Einbunpin Festival in Sandgate this Sunday, July 30.
The festival mascot is now furrier, scalier and sparklier with the help from a mismatch of materials from the community.
Cr Jared Cassidy (Deagon Ward) said the Bunpin has had a few modifications to prepare for the big day. “A couple of volunteers on our committee, such as Kelly
Carr from Artrageous and Mary Todd, decided this year to give him a restyle,” Cr Cassidy said.
“Keeping in with the story of the Einbunpin and making him easier to wear, it’s a lot of recycled materials.
“The story of the Bunpin was written over 25 years ago.
“He’s a mystical creature made from different parts of different animals from the lagoon.
“So this suit is a good representation of the story.”
The festival runs from 9am to 4pm and will include more than 150 stalls from schools, community groups and businesses along with family activities, flyzard throwing and egg and spoon races.
“It will be a bit different; we still have four stages but the main stage has been scaled down to make it more intimate,” Cr Cassidy said.
“You will be able to go to the CWA stall and get your jam scones and watch an act.
“There’ll be more room for activities like mullet tossing and tug-of-war, which is in its second year and is really popular.
“Snap Fitness is giving the best male and female mullet tossers a six month membership so they will be able to train up for the next year.
“There’s also limited edition Einbunpin prizes with hats, water bottles and bookmarks.”
The entertainment will be spread over four stages – Bunpin Stage in Lagoon Street (opposite QML), Lily Stage in Lagoon Street (opposite the old pre-school), Festival Stage near the corner or Brighton Road and Keogh Street, and the Festival Arena stage in the centre of the park.
There will also be the Jabiru Youth activity bus, Brisbane City Council pop-up library with a robotics workshop, and an art competition with works for sale.
“The theme of the festival is Celebrating our Community and that’s exactly what we will be doing on Sunday with the focus on local stalls, entertainment and activities by many and varied community groups and organisations, schools, businesses and individuals from the area,” Cr Cassidy said.
“It is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the fabulous area we live and work in.”
To help festival goers get to Einbunpin Lagoon the
Wiz bus will be free all day, stopping in Deagon, Brighton, Sandgate and Shorncliffe to ease parking congestion.
For the schedule and more information visit www.einbunpinfestival. org.au.
From art to activities Cr Jared Cassidy and the Bunpin are expecting to have a whole lot of fun during the Einbunpin Festival in Sandgate.