Re­gion’s chance to shine

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion - Melinda Brad­ford Reporter melinda.brad­ford@isistc­

I’M GO­ING to have to in­crease my ex­er­cise rou­tine to coun­ter­act the week­end fes­tiv­i­ties.

To say I overindulged at the Childers Fes­ti­val is an un­der­state­ment. But can you blame me? With the line-up of sweet Greek treats, freshly picked straw­ber­ries, pip­ing hot wood-fired piz­zas and lo­cally pro­duced ice cream, it was a foodie’s heaven.

I just love how the fes­ti­val brings to­gether so many dif­fer­ent peo­ple from far and wide and pro­vides busi­nesses with an op­por­tu­nity to show­case their prod­ucts.

And, of course, it gives me a good ex­cuse to taste test all these won­der­ful treats.

What it also does is give our beau­ti­ful re­gion a chance to shine.

Thou­sands of vis­i­tors flock to our lit­tle town, some per­haps for the first time.

If we show them a good time and share our slice of par­adise, they will surely be back, and with them they will bring their wallets.

That can only be good news for our econ­omy.

Childers and the sur­round­ing re­gion needs to es­tab­lish it­self as a de­sir­able des­ti­na­tion for trav­ellers if it’s to sur­vive and thrive, and the fes­ti­val cer­tainly goes a long way to achiev­ing that goal.

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