Car­ni­val runs in the fam­ily

An­nual seven-a-side cricket car­ni­val knocks up 33 years

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THE Mundubbera Seven-A-Side Cricket Car­ni­val will re­turn for its 33rd year on Fe­bru­ary 4 and 5.

Event or­gan­iser Faye Whe­lan said the an­nual event played a strong part in her fam­ily his­tory.

“My hus­band was one of the orig­i­nal plan­ners of the car­ni­val,” Mrs Whe­lan said.

“I started off as a scorer for those first car­ni­vals and now I have been in­volved for the 33 years in dif­fer­ent ca­pac­i­ties.

“A one point I was the sec­re­tary, which my sis­ter-in-law Colleen is now, but now I’m just an ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber that helps plan the car­ni­val and also take care of the com­pe­ti­tion side of it, mak­ing sure that we get the right re­sults on the day.

“Colleen and John Burns carry the big­gest load as they do most the back­ground work months be­fore.”

MrsWhe­lan said she could not be­lieve how big the car­ni­val had grown over the 33 years.

“One year we had 74 teams nom­i­nate; that was a lo­gis­ti­cal night­mare,” she said.

“We had to slot them in and we had to have a lot of venues.

“We had to put in a tem­po­rary wicket in the show grounds, the Boynewood school oval and the Mundubbera school oval.”

MrsWhe­lan said the big­gest change in the car­ni­val was the in­crease of fields at the Scam­per Grounds.

“We started there with three ovals, now we have seven,” she said.

“We’ve been able to im­prove that area and that’s one of the high­lights of this car­ni­val, we play out there in the bush.

“It’s dif­fer­ent to city car­ni­vals where ev­ery­thing is pris­tine.

“It’s what the city peo­ple like when they come, they love be­ing in the bush, in the at­mos­phere of the Scam­pers oval.

“It’s vir­tu­ally the mid­dle of nowhere to them though for us it’s on the edge of town.”

MrsWhe­lan said or­gan­is­ers were still look­ing for vol­un­teers and if any­one wants to help they should get in con­tact with the com­mit­tee. For en­quiries about the car­ni­val and how to get in­volved, phone Colleen on 0447 559 634.

One year we had 74 teams nom­i­nate, that was a lo­gis­ti­cal night­mare. — Faye Whe­lan


Faye Whe­lan said the event wouldn’t be pos­si­ble with­out the work of her fam­ily and friends.


The event will be held on Fe­bru­ary 4-5.


One year 74 teams reg­is­tered.


This is the 33rd stag­ing of the event.

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