Stallholders, performers, keen to come back
SURVEY analysis and feedback from the 2016 Childers Festival has confirmed that 99% of attendees and stall holders rated the festival as “excellent” or “good”.
Bundaberg Regional Council Community and Cultural Services portfolio spokesperson Councillor Judy Peters said council staff members had surveyed almost 500 festival participants, gaining important data to help in planning future festivals, their content and advertising mediums.
“The responses regarding the overall festival experience are very gratifying and reinforce our view that council, and its supporters like Friends of the Festival, are managing to keep the event fresh and relevant.
“During our festival debrief we did identify some areas where improvements can be made. More prominent directions to toilet facilities was among issues raised.
“On the positive side the undercover seating and eating area adjacent to the Crescent St stage drew many favourable comments as did the range of additional festival attractions offered.
“Parking is normally raised as an issue but this year our new signage resulted in the Childers Showgrounds being full for the first time.
“We also had Red Collar Rescue in attendance at the showgrounds and they provided pet minding services for 37 dogs.”
Cr Peters said it was significant that 97% of stallholders surveyed indicated they would be interested in returning for the festival in 2017.
“It was also evident that our performers enjoyed the opportunity to bring their talents to the Childers Festival as many have indicated they would like to be invited back next year,” Cr Peters said.
“We do cast a wide net from which to draw our entertainment and this year we had participants from Byron Bay, Gold Coast hinterland and even one from Taiwan.”
Cr Peters said she was looking forward to further input from Friends of the Festival, a Childers based group that has consistently provided novel and innovative ideas to add to the festival program.
“The very successful Isis Central Mill Cane Fire Tours and guided Historical Tours have been initiatives of this group,” she said.
SUCCESS: Michelle Harris and Lauren Whitehouse at The Childers Festival.
Steve Jenning and Rob Dight at the Childers Men’s Shed.