Childers Festival has potential to grow
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.”
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.