➤THE CHILDERS FESTIVAL:
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS WITH A WEEKEND OF FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT
FRIDAY, July 24 marked the start to the Childers Multicultural Festival and I just had to go along to see what all the fuss was about. This is what I found.
The 20th anniversary celebration started with three fabulous events.
At 4pm was the Isis Central Sugar Mill & Cane Fire Tour, more than 120 people attended the tour.
The excited crowd went on to watch the spectacular cane burn.
Everyone was treated to a fantastic barbecue dinner after the tour.
The sugar mill plans on having the tour again at next year’s festival.
At 7pm was the Festival Dinner held at the Hill of Promise Winery.
Patrons were treated to a fabulous three course festival dinner with delicious local produce matched with award winning wines, all in the ambience of a working winery.
Also at 7pm at the Isis Cultural Centre was “Working Lights”, a production put on by Pilotlight Productions.
This was a Cinderella story with a twist. The production was written and produced by Tony Carey.
All the actors performed well on the opening night.
The amazing vocals of Laura Manderson were topic of conversation after the show with her performance being spectacular.
A second performance was held on the Saturday night.
Saturday, July 25 was a busy day. Art in the Park showcased Childers Art Group and encouraged the public to join in. You could “paint a thong” and a chain of thongs was on display at the Millennium Park in Childers.
Next on the calendar was The Childers Heritage Walking Tour.
The tour was a wonderful way to learn the history of Childers, with spectacular landmarks and iconic local history.
Opera by the Lake was another popular event at this year’s festival.
The location was perfect, at the Lake Redbrook holiday retreat.
The crowd was entertained by the brilliant voices from Opera Queensland.
This year the Opera was joined by high schools from the region in which they performed two exciting shows.
Sunday was the main event. Childers set the stage for an amazing day.
After the fog had lifted, the Queensland winter lived up to its reputation with blue skies and sunshine.
From early morning the crowds flowed through the festival.
This year saw more stall holders than previous years.
The annual event has become a highlight in Queensland’s events calendar.
Patrons travelled from as far as Perth, Melbourne and Tasmania to be part of Childers’ weekend of food and entertainment.
The normally busy Bruce Hwy or Churchill St was closed for the day and the traffic was diverted around the township of Childers.
The locals have made themselves proud by hosting Queensland’s best festival.
This year the festival was officially opened by the Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey.
The crowd numbers increased to watch and hear his opening speech.
The governor said it was a pleasure to be part of this annual event and his plan is to increase employment opportunities, encourage industries and to increase tourism to the region.
By 4pm many stalls had started to pack up and the patrons started to head home.
This year was amazing, more food stalls than ever before, more stalls to browse and more entertainers dazzled the crowds.
The kids had heaps to do with pony and camel rides, jumping castles and the spinning tea cups were very popular with the little ones.
Next year will be more spectacular as stall holders have already started planning for next year’s event.
Congratulations Childers for putting on the best festival in Queensland and possibly Australia.
The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC Queensland Governor it was a pleasure to be part of this annual event