Childers Fes­ti­val has po­ten­tial to grow

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - ■ When: Satur­day, July 26 to Sun­day, July 27 ■ Cost: Free For more de­tails visit childer­s­fes­ti­val.com.au By JIM ALOUAT jim.alouat@news-mail.com.au

THE only fes­ti­val that brings the Bruce High­way to a stand­still is on again next month with or­gan­is­ers an­nounc­ing a strong mu­si­cal line-up to keep rev­ellers en­ter­tained.

The an­nual Childers Fes­ti­val, held on July 26-27, will host sev­eral acts with five stages of non-stop en­ter­tain­ment.

Among the main acts will be crowd favourites The Twine, By­ron Bay’s Pacha Mamma and the Two Crows, a duo fea­tur­ing ARIA-nom­i­nated singer song­writer Sarah Calder­wood and gui­tarist Paul Bran­don.

Now in its 19th year, the event has grown enor­mously since its 1996 de­but when it at­tracted a crowd of about 5000 people.

The fes­ti­val now at­tracts crowds up­wards of 40,000, and Bund­aberg and North Bur­nett Tourism gen­eral man­ager Rick Matkowski said the fes­ti­val had po­ten­tial to grow.

“It not only brings people into Childers for the day but also has great eco­nomic value to com­mu­ni­ties at Woodgate and Bund­aberg,” Mr Matkowski said.

He said the Childers re­gion had a rich agri­cul­tural his­tory which could be used to en­cour­age new vis­i­tors and en­tice pre­vi­ous vis­i­tors to re­turn.

“Look what hap­pened to the Noosa Wine Fes­ti­val. There is no rea­son why the Childers Fes­ti­val can’t grow and do the same,” he said.

“The re­gion it­self is one of the food bowls of Aus­tralia and we have the op­por­tu­nity to high­light the culi­nary as­pects of it to vis­i­tors.

“And that point of dif­fer­ence is re­ally im­por­tant for any event to get people to come back or get new people to come.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: Sa­cred Cir­cus’s stilt walk­ers will be adding spec­ta­cle on the streets of Childers for the town’s an­nual fes­ti­val.

TOWN BOOSTED: A crowd gath­ers at the an­nual Childers Fes­ti­val, which is tipped to grow.

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