Displays in windows for Childers Festival
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.
CHILDERS FESTIVAL: The window display from the team at Dollars and Sense.