Dollars roll in dur­ing fes­ti­val

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

BUSI­NESSES saw record num­bers of cus­tomers in Gayn­dah at the week­end.

The town’s pop­u­la­tion more than dou­bled for the Or­ange Fes­ti­val. And the crowds were hun­gry and thirsty.

Gayn­dah’s old­est pub the Grand Ho­tel was “stand­ing room only”.

Grand Ho­tel man­agers Rod­ney Vick­ers and Fer­nando Pereira said they were pleased with the week­end’s busi­ness.

“It was great, the whole din­ing room was chock-a-block all week­end and the pub­lic bar was full,” Mr Vick­ers said.

“We just want to say how happy we are to have the com­mu­nity in­volved with the re­birth of the Grand Ho­tel,” Mr Pereira said.

Gayn­dah Bak­ery own­ers Michael and Tanya Eisel brought in fam­ily from Her­vey Bay to help.

“We went through hun­dreds of pies and hun­dreds of cof­fees,” Mrs Eisel said.

Gun­ther Vil­lage Op­por­tu­nity Shop sec­re­tary Elvie Slack said the char­ity store tripled its usual daily tak­ings.

PHOTO: BRAN­DON LIVESAY

PA­RADE: Crowds line the main street.

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