Festival patrol for officers in Childers
ALL eyes were on Childers as it hosted the most anticipated event of the year.
It was a perfect day, with the weather once again producing the best backdrop for the Childers Festival.
The morning chill had vendors and stall holders rugged up and set for a big day, and by 5.30am the Bruce Highway was closed and the traffic was diverted with the generous support from the Gin Gin SES volunteers.
The festival had more than 400 stalls, and five stages hosting more 30 hours of entertaining music and live performances from world-class acts.
It was rumoured the crowd exceeded last year’s total of 40,000.
Mayor Jack Dempsey, with the support of Deputy Mayor Bill Trevor, officially opened the event.
Cr Dempsey said only Childers could shut down a highway to host a festival.
“For 21 years Childers has hosted a great event and it continues to grow,” he said.
“It’s a credit to the organisers and the residents.”
Senator Pauline Hanson made a surprise visit, taking a tour of the local landmarks and posing for selfies with volunteers at the Childers Memorial.
Cr Trevor mixed official duties with family as his grandchildren stood proud supporting their grandfather before spending the day enjoying the festival.
“I look forward to the festival every year, we couldn’t have asked for a better day, the weather has never failed us in 21 years,” he said.
“It was great to see the production of RaW by Pilotlight Productions and Angelo LaRocca had an outstanding performance as the union boss.”
Local police called in back-up from surrounding units for the annual event, with 30 officers, VIPs and staff helping at the mobile command post.
Sergeant Geoff Faye of Childers police said overall he was pleased with the behaviour of the patrons.
“Saturday night officers attended a minor incident at the local venue, but generally it was a troublefree event,” Sgt Faye said.
“In all it was a great weekend with crowd numbers on par with previous years,” he said.
The police have been involved and strong supporters of the festival since it began.
LAW AND ORDER: Childers Police with support from the surrounding units.