➤THE CHILDERS FES­TI­VAL:

CEL­E­BRAT­ING 20 YEARS WITH A WEEK­END OF FOOD AND EN­TER­TAIN­MENT

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JODIE DIXON

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

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