CRUSH AT THE CREEK
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.
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