Thou­sands flock to heart­land mar­ket day to make it a suc­cess

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Adam McCleery

THE Heart­land Fes­ti­val was a re­sound­ing suc­cess, ex­ceed­ing event organiser Re­nee McGil­very’s ex­pec­ta­tions and she said this was just the start.

“I whole­heart­edly want to thank the en­tire North Bur­nett com­mu­nity for get­ting be­hind such a fab­u­lous event and stay tuned be­cause we will be mov­ing on to big­ger and bet­ter things in the fu­ture.”

The mar­ket day event, which was the cen­tre piece of the fes­ti­val, recorded 4000 peo­ple through the gate and although it did not ri­val the Orange Fes­ti­val num­bers, Ms McGil­very said for a first year it was un­be­liev­able.

“Get­ting that many through the gate on our first time is a great ef­fort,” Ms McGil­very said.

“It was a beau­ti­ful day too, we couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter out­come.”

The mar­ket day at­tracted 52 stalls rang­ing from fresh pro­duce to hand-made mer­chan­dise, all sourced from the North Bur­nett.

“I had one stall holder say that there was a sense of re­lax­ation and free­dom in the air at the mar­kets and I have re­ceived noth­ing but pos­i­tive feed­back.”

Ms McGil­very said the mar­ket day ex­ceeded their ex­pec­ta­tions.

“From all ac­counts the mar­ket day was re­ceived very well,” Ms McGil­very said.

“The ac­tual fes­ti­val is about the mar­ket day, all the other events were ic­ing on the cake and were de­signed to give peo­ple other things to do and stay in the area longer.

“Ev­ery sin­gle per­son I have spo­ken to said they are look­ing for­ward to the next one.”

Richard Danko cook­ing up some great Amer­i­can bar­be­cue at the Heart­land Fes­ti­val.

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