Fes­ti­val pa­trol for of­fi­cers in Childers

Isis Town and Country - - News Welcome - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

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.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

LAW AND OR­DER: Childers Po­lice with sup­port from the sur­round­ing units.

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