Carnival runs in the family
Annual seven-a-side cricket carnival knocks up 33 years
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.