CRUSH AT THE CREEK

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

HUGE crowds flocked to the Crush at the Creek event on Satur­day, with the Ap­ple Tree Creek Mar­kets and the an­nual Crush fes­ti­val join­ing forces for a fun-filled day.

On Fri­day night, event or­gan­is­ers had con­cerns about the weather pre­dicted for Satur­day.

Sunrise Satur­day re­vealed an over­cast day with clouds threat­en­ing the event with rain, but only a few drops were felt.

There was some­thing for all ages at the event, with a show and shine car show, en­ter­tain­ment, mar­ket stalls, a jump­ing castle and train rides for the kids, plus lo­cal groups dis­play­ing their tal­ents in singing, skip­ping rope and the amaz­ing skills of a troupe of pole dancers.

Event or­gan­iser Deb­bie Wil­liamson-Gle­ich was run off her feet the en­tire day.

“I was ex­pect­ing more of a turnout for to­day but very happy how the day has worked out,” Ms Wil­liamson-Gle­ich said.

Af­ter weeks of plan­ning, or­gan­is­ing per­mits and drum­ming up sup­port through Face­book posts, the com­mu­nity of Childers should be very happy with how the event turned out.

“This was the first event and I plan on mak­ing it big­ger and bet­ter next year,” Ms Wil­liamson-Gle­ich said.

On the day, Camp Qual­ity was drum­ming up sup­port for its es­Carpade rally.

The cars leave Childers on Fri­day on their first leg and will have many miles to cover.

Team Mada­gas­car’s Jill Meili said she couldn’t wait to get on the road.

“We are ready to go. I want to thank ev­ery­one who has sup­ported us to make this pos­si­ble,” she said.

The all-girl team of Jill Meili, Shirley Evans and Mar­ion Jack will be rais­ing vi­tal funds for Camp Qual­ity, and fel­low Childers team An­gry Birds will be fly­ing close.

Childers has two cars in­volved in this year’s char­ity car run.

Back at Crush at the Creek, the show and shine proved pop­u­lar with car en­thu­si­asts from across the re­gion.

The rum­ble of V8 en­gines and beam­ing chrome caught the eye of ev­ery per­son at the event.

Judg­ing was dif­fi­cult due to the many great cars, with ex­cited pa­trons play­ing a part in de­cid­ing on the win­ners’ list.

The ladies from the Isis Mul­ti­cul­tural Group were also kept busy, the team of six ris­ing to the chal­lenge of feed­ing the crowds.

Their food proved pop­u­lar and noth­ing went to waste, with ev­ery­thing be­ing eaten by the end of the day.

“We had a great day and we are all very tired,” Alana Wil­cox said.

She said she hoped ev­ery­one had a good day.

“I did and I look for­ward to next year.”

On the day, con­tro­ver­sial politi­cian Pauline Han­son proved she had many sup­port­ers in Childers.

Ms Han­son took time out from her busy di­ary to meet and chat with Childers lo­cals.

Also seen sup­port­ing the pole dancers and com­mu­nity events was Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett.

Mr Ben­nett had a great day meet­ing and spend­ing time with the com­mu­nity.

“What a fan­tas­tic day. It seems ev­ery­one has en­joyed them­selves and well done to the or­gan­is­ers,” he said.

In his be­daz­zled t-shirt, Bund­aberg may­oral can­di­date Troy Madel stepped out for a great day.

Mr Madel has kicked off his cam­paign and de­cided the day was a good chance to get out in the com­mu­nity to dis­cuss peo­ple’s con­cerns.

“I want to be the voice for Childers and I be­lieve in our com­mu­nity,” he said.

Mr Madel is look­ing for sup­port from the com­mu­nity in the lead-up to the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions next year.

Crush at the Creek or­gan­is­ers thanked the SES for as­sist­ing on the day and are promis­ing an even big­ger and bet­ter event next year.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

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