Dis­plays in win­dows for Childers Fes­ti­val

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

lit­tle town comes alive dur­ing the week­end... — Linda Barnett

THE first signs of the Childers Mul­ti­cul­tural Fes­ti­val are start­ing to ap­pear in win­dow fronts around the town.

For the team at Dol­lars and Sense, their win­dow dis­play has turned heads and they have re­ceived pos­i­tive feed­back.

Last year the store came sec­ond in the win­dow dis­play com­pe­ti­tion and staff plan to win this time round.

Not shy when it comes to com­pe­ti­tion, store man­ager Linda Barnett said her theme this year was about farm­ing and the lo­cal area.

Stand­ing out the front of the store to ad­mire the dis­play, su­per­vi­sor Kylie Chat­field said dis­plays brought the com­mu­nity to­gether and more re­tail­ers needed to be in­volved.

“It’s all in good fun and com­mu­nity spirit, mostly show­cas­ing what the re­gion has to of­fer.”

Ms Barnett said this year the team thought out­side the box for in­spi­ra­tion.

“We are big sup­port­ers of the fes­ti­val and look for­ward to it ev­ery year,” she said.

“Our lit­tle town comes alive dur­ing the week­end and the store will be open.”

When the com­pe­ti­tion was an­nounced, their com­pet­i­tive streak ap­peared.

Ms Chat­field said she had not had a look at any other shop fronts, but had been fo­cused on her win­dow dis­play.

For Ms Barnett and Ms Chat­field, it’s not about the prizes on of­fer but the ex­cite­ment of be­ing in­volved.

With laugh­ter echo­ing down Churchill St, the pair agreed the fes­ti­val brought more visi­tors to the town.

“We keep adding more and more to the dis­play and thanks to Isis Mill for the kind do­na­tion of the sugar cane,” Ms Barnett said.

With 10 days to go be­fore the fes­ti­val hits Childers, the Dol­lars and Sense staff look for­ward to all the planned ac­tiv­i­ties around the area.

For the sec­ond year run­ning, The Opera on the Lake and the Mill Tour have sparked lo­cal in­ter­est.

Ms Barnett said it was great to see more ac­tiv­i­ties were be­ing held be­fore the big day on the Sun­day.

“It’s en­cour­ag­ing lo­cals to ex­pe­ri­ence the new events and giv­ing tourists the op­por­tu­nity to sam­ple what the re­gion has to of­fer.

“Back­pack­ers and tourists in­ject a lot of money into our town and the fes­ti­val shows them why Childers is a great place to be,” she said.

The fes­ti­val is into its 21st year, with many reg­u­lar events branching out and ex­tend­ing their per­for­mances.

Lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment group Pilot­light Pro­duc­tions is set to show­case their ver­sion, ti­tled Raw, of the fa­mous play Red Soil, White Sugar by Er­rol O’Neill. The fa­mous play doc­u­mented the 1911 sugar strike.

For a full cal­en­dar of events, go to the Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil web­site.

The fes­ti­val is gain­ing more in­ter­est and Childers is the only town that can close down a high­way for an en­tire day.

Fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers ex­pect crowd num­bers to ex­ceed last year’s event of 40,000 peo­ple.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXONBIT180716WINDOW01

CHILDERS FES­TI­VAL: The win­dow dis­play from the team at Dol­lars and Sense.

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